A note about quotation marks and hyperlinks

Been seeing a lot of this lately:





This is some straight-up bullshit. I don’t wanna get all Herbert Kornfeld on you, but copy editors of the internet, YOU ARE ON NOTICE.

Song titles, essay titles, quoted speech — if you have some words that go inside quotation marks, and those words in their entirety* are serving as a hyperlink, THE QUOTE MARKS SHOULD BE PART OF THE LINK, TOO. Not like this:

Jon’s favorite song is “Africa” by Toto.


Seriously, Jon absolutely loves “Africa.”

The quotation marks and the title itself are a single, self-contained entity. There is no good reason not to make the quotation marks part of the link. Moreover, linking only the title looks weird.

So knock it the fuck off, please. Wimmer out.

*In the case of an actual quote: If the whole quote is serving as a hyperlink — “These two guys in a pizza shop did a great cover of ‘Africa,’ by Toto.” — then you should include the quotation marks in the link. If only part of the quote is linked — “I love covers. Have you heard Low’s cover of ‘Africa’?” — you don’t need to include the quote marks, obviously. (And for the record: In my opinion, you should not ever link one set of quote marks but not the other. Again: ugly.)

Just use the bear cup

Yesterday night I had this thought while I was making tea: I felt guilty because I wanted to use my big bear cup (it’s a large cup for coffee or tea with bears on it), because I have fix or six other tea/coffee cups and almost never use them. I use the big bear cup because (1) it’s big (it holds more, and it has a fine heft) and (2) it has bears on it, and they look cool. (These are the bears.)

Now, this is stupid. I have good reasons for preferring to use the bear cup (is larger, fine heft, looks cool), and even if I didn’t, I shouldn’t feel shamed by five or six inanimate objects. The other cups are not in there, still and sad, aching for me — or anyone, really — to fill them with hot liquid. The cups don’t care. The cups are probably not even alive at all.

But this is the sort of thing I’m figuring out these days: Just use the bear cup. Or use a different cup if you feel like it! But only if you feel like it. If the bear cup makes you happy, don’t fight that. Save your energy. There is real work to be done. I’m sure that would sound super obvious to a lot of people, but I have been worrying about things like what the cups will think for a long time.