I hate it when I make typos that I don’t catch before I hit publish. It’s one of those things that I think any writer who half way cares about what he’s doing is a little embarrassed by even if the mistake is fixed so quickly that there’s no way anybody could have seen it.
But as many mistakes as I make and believe me there are a lot of them, I can’t say that I’ve ever had to make the kind of correction that poor Amanda Hess had to make on a post shewrote on October 8th on the subject of HIV positive black gay men.
This blog post originally stated that one in three black men who have sex with me is HIV positive. In fact, the statistic applies to black men who have sex with men.
I’m sure that news comes as a relief to a number of people for a number of reasons.
But on the bright side, that little slip might be the best thing that could have happened to her. It’s probably fair to say that a lot more people know her name now than did before, and even though assholes like me are going to post this for laughs, it’s not exactly bad publicity. Who knows, maybe she’ll get some serious writing offers out of it.