July 12, 2012
Fifth-graders correct Washington Post book review, editor calls correction “adorable”
by Kelly Burdick
Above, Washington Post book reviewer Dennis Drabelle holds a letter from Mrs. Reed’s fifth grade class at Burning Tree Elementary School in Bethesda, Maryland. The letter points to an error in a recent review by Drabelle: the Titanic actually hit an iceberg on April 14, 1912, not April 15 as Drabelle’s review had it.
“Isn’t that letter adorable?” asks Ron Charles, an editor of reviews at the Post, via Twitter. “Most of the correction letters begin with some kind of irate statement, ‘Isn’t anyone reading the paper over there?’ This was a nice change of pace.”
Kelly Burdick is the former executive editor of Melville House.