Issue 18 Fictional States Summer 2005
Dirk Libeer, co-director of Die Keure Printers, Bruges
Dear Readers of Cabinet,
I hope you will forgive this unorthodox method of communication, but being printers we of course have certain means available to us. We realize that this is highly irregular, but felt that recent events simply necessitated some straight talk between us regarding the state of affairs at Cabinet magazine.
As Cabinet's printers for the last four years, we have dutifully worked with our eccentric colleagues from Brooklyn—helping them with an astonishing variety of oddball requests, doing our best to accommodate their various crises and delays. In addition to this, however, we have also been performing a perhaps even more vital service to you, dear reader—one that Cabinet’s editors have never publicly acknowledged or, indeed, even fully come to terms with.
To put it bluntly, we edit the magazine after they do. We correct their typos, check for periods and commas, change hyphens to em-dashes, and make sure (it appears as though) they know the difference between “that” and “which.”
Over the years, we have come to accept our lot, happily making various little adjustments for our friends and simply going about our business. However, when we started work on the new issue of Cabinet a few weeks ago, it quickly became clear that something had gone horribly wrong. What had previously been a few little typos here and there had metastasized into an editorial quality-control breakdown of near-epic proportions—missing captions, switched bylines, the whole nine yards.
That is when we decided to take this admittedly dramatic step: to stop being enablers and instead, using our printerly prerogative, to perform what we believe may be the first ever “intervention” on a wayward publication.
So, as we’ve done with every issue since 2001, we have carefully proofed this issue of Cabinet. Unlike previous issues, however, we have not fixed the mistakes. Instead, we herewith present a list of errata from Issue 19,* “Fictional States,” with sincerest apologies to those authors and artists affected, and in the fervent desire that this brand of tough love may go some way toward snapping our friends at Cabinet out of whatever weird mojo seems to currently have them in its mistake-ridden grip.
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