Keith Houston is the creator of the Shady Characters blog and the author of Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks. He and his wife live in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Cate Gillon.
Before writers ever thought to separate their words with spaces or punctuate their sentences with periods, documents were routinely arranged into visible, helpful paragraphs.... READ ON
The margins of books have always been a playground for their readers’ notes, doodles, and questions. From the Library of Alexandria to Europe’s medieval monasteries, here are five ancient symbols that helped readers make sense of their books.... READ ON
The plastic pink flamingo is the official city bird of Madison, WI.