What is wrong with this picture?

Can you spot the problem with the photo below? In case it helps, it’s from the used copy of Don DeLillo’s Great Jones Street, which I just started reading.

Here it is: there are two spaces after each period. WHO DOES THAT? It is the most distracting thing to happen in a book since I read Chuck Klosterman’s adverb-riddled Downtown Owl.

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  1. heather 26.Jun.12 at 9:38 am

    AWESOME people do that. AWESOME. 😉

  2. Jodi 26.Jun.12 at 9:40 am

    It is sick & wrong and the sooner you accept that, the better off you will be!

  3. Anna 26.Jun.12 at 1:10 pm

    The great grammar gurus of the 6th grade told me that I had to… do you mean to say that I don’t have to do that anymore??

    Also, hi. I’ve never commented on your blog before, but today seems like a good day to de-lurk. 🙂

    1. Jodi 26.Jun.12 at 1:12 pm

      Hi, Anna!

      There’s actually much contentious debate about the double space after a period. It really serves no purpose and there is no ‘grammatical’ basis for it.

      The legend goes that it was needed back in the olden days when we used typewriters and their mono-spaced fonts.

      It’s never actually been used in books/magazines/printed material, which is why this book is such a freak of nature.

      Down with the double space!

  4. hotrod 26.Jun.12 at 2:07 pm

    Nothing is wrong with this picture. Nothing at all.

    1. Jodi 26.Jun.12 at 2:08 pm

      There’s something wrong with your eyes. You should get them checked.

  5. NBFB 27.Jun.12 at 10:36 am

    I’m attempting to reform, but I forget. After years of doubling, it’s a tough habit to break. I even catch myself doing it in text messages sometimes.


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