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Episode 49: The Editor (8.26.2016)

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 by in Uncategorized |


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In November of 1988, Robin Woods was sentenced to sixteen years in the notoriously harsh Maryland Correctional Institution. In prison, Robin found himself using a dictionary to work his way through a book for the first time in his life. It was a Mario Puzo novel. While many inmates become highly educated during their incarceration, Robin became such a voracious and careful reader he was able to locate a factual error in Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Encyclopedia. He wrote a letter to the encyclopedia’s editor, beginning an intricate friendship that changed the lives of both men. Contributor Daniel A. Gross has the story.


Update: The New Yorker’s website ran a print version of Daniel’s story in September.


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