Texts display Thought: “the classical courtesy of footnotes at the bottom of the page”

 

Perry Anderson, back in 2000 writing on the New Left Review‘s layout and style, dismisses irksome in-text citation styles and irritating endnotes in a perfectly expressed statement of proper editorial ethics:

Unlike most academic—not to speak of other—journals today, it does not shove notes to the end of articles, or resort to sub-literate ‘Harvard’ references, but respects the classical courtesy of footnotes at the bottom of the page, as indicators of sources or tangents to the text, immediately available to the reader.

‘sub-literate “Harvard” references’ (Brilliant turn of phrase)

Chicago all the way!!

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