P22 Grey Emdash emdash-proofreading

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The emdash is central to us because of its versatility, and because is so central in the effort to make written text parallel the dynamics of interruption and tangent in active thought. Peter K. Sheerin sums up the uses of the emdash nicely:

The em dash is used to indicate a sudden break in thought (“I was thinking about writing a—what time did you say the movie started?”), a parenthetical statement that deserves more attention than parentheses indicate, or instead of a colon or semicolon to link clauses. It is also used to indicate an open range, such as from a given date with no end yet (as in “Peter Sheerin [1969—] authored this document.”)…

Sheerin's synopsis of the utility of the emdash also speaks well to the significance of its place in our publishing venture. That is, each and every aspect of Sheerin’s list is appropriate to the aims and editorial interests of Emdash Book Publishers.
• We want to publish poems that grab their readers, in part, by dislocation and interruption.
• We see anthologies of topical essays as a way to bring the information in those long clauses bracketed by emdashes together.
• We want our books to generate a resultant clause, as after the colon.
• And perhaps most importantly, we see literary publishing as an open range, from the open form of modernist poetic invention to the open range of our efforts.



Special thanks to the nice folks at the P22 Type Foundry –– the company that made the now-ubiquitous Cezanne script –– for the use of the EM+bracket slug above.