The Comma Queen Steps Down

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Mary Norris took an entry-level position at The New Yorker in 1978 and rose to become an “O.K.’er,” the final arbiter of a story’s readiness for publication. (Philip Roth was so pleased with a grammatical catch Norris once made in one of his stories that he inquired, “Who is this woman and will she come live with me?”) The author of a successful memoir, “Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen,” Norris tells David Remnick that it’s time for her step down from the magazine and pursue her next chapter.