Suddenly I’m a Goth Expert

I’ve been quiet all week because I’m deep in the underworld of goth culture, editing a collection of essays on goth themes. It’s been interesting work; I’d enjoy it more if I weren’t banging up against the deadline. (I envision it as a dungeon gate with spikes, about to slam down at the end of Memorial Day weekend.)

Some of the pricklier editing points: “goth” or “Goth”? “S/M,” “S-M,” or “S&M”? (Webster‘s says “S-M.”) Is it OK to let “dom” stand without further explanation? (It’s in the dictionary.) And, of course, I’m enforcing the distinction between hard-core (adj.) and hardcore (n.).