Cutting myself to fit

Self-editing with scizzors. (Grandville, "Un autre monde," 1834)

Dreaded editor emerges from closet with scissors at ready. (Grandville, “Un autre monde,” 1834)

This is to notify readers that the attempt to maintain the weekly online version of the late, lamented Providence Journal column has fallen prey to the constraints imposed by the need to produce a new weekly column. The new column, which first appeared this past Monday, is being written for, an online newspaper and flagship of the group founded by Josh Fenton, a Providence mover-and-shaker. I made his acquaintance years ago when I wrote a column about the opening of the lofts at The Promenade, an old industrial plant just across Route 95 from Providence Place in the Promenade District. He drove me back to the Journal in his armored Israeli Jeep, which alas he no longer possesses.

The posts that issue from this blog will continue, of course, including some that even if they do not emerge on Thursdays will resemble the blog version of the weekly Journal column, even if they don’t always have a stack of illustrations down the left side of the page.

The WordPress blog program is not making it easier to stack my images. Instead of placing the images from top to bottom it seems I must start the stack at the bottom and work upward. If any reader familiar with WordPress knows how to fix this, it would reduce the degree of assbackwardness required to arrange the illustrations. My gratitude for such instruction would be boundless. (Any help on how to place an image in the middle of an existing stack would also be appreciated.)

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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4 Responses to Cutting myself to fit

    • Dear DD, many thanks for the tutorial link. My problem is that my image-placing regimen is not working. I used to have no problem carrying out the instructions in order to stack my images aligned left, adding one after another down the page, each at the same width. But for the last several months they stack on top, no matter where I place the cursor, or if I don’t place it at all. Plus, I cannot insert an image between two existing images so that those two will be over and under the image I want to insert. If there is a way of getting WordPress to address this sort of problem, please let me know!


  1. Tom S. says:

    Kudos on the GoLocal column. Happy to give a quick tutorial on WordPress publishing!


    • Thanks, Tom. If you want to help me correct an image placement mechanism that is behaving badly, please contact me at, then maybe we can talk by phone. DD above sent the basic tutorial but it only told me what should happen, rather than helping me correct the problem I am having.


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