The Nine Bad Moves of Indexing (and How to Avoid Them)

Last week in the Pleasantville Diner, a haven for local indexers, a trio of indexologists was discussing the worst indexing mistakes they had seen in their long and illustrious careers. Leading the way, was the venerable dean of Northern Westchester indexers, P. del Sorto. Together they drafted the following set of principles under a title […]

Great Teachers: Reinhold Niebuhr

While studying at NYU in the postwar years it occurred to me that what I needed was some actual education. To that end I dropped in at the New School for Social Research on 12th Street, took home a copy of the school catalog and circled many of its alluring course titles. One of the […]


While waiting for my train at Pleasantville the other day, I did what I often do to relieve boredom: I look for words using letters in the rectangular station sign. The longer the word the more credit I allow myself. I have found numerous seven-letter words, but not many eight-letter words, excluding the obvious “pleasant.” […]