Barbara Moon, remembered

Before Barbara Moon stopped writing and became a legendary editor “she
wrote – as all good writers do – from the edges of her nerves, under
stress, weighted down with anxiety about trapping the elusive phrase or
image that encapsulated the essence of a subject or a personality,”
eulogizes Sandra Martin, in her Globe and Mail obituary.

her own effort to trap the essence of Moon, Martin sought memories from
Peter Newman (he called Moon Canada’s Joan Didion); John Macfarlane
(Moon was a perfectionist with a “brittle eye and a brittle
personality” whose work was spectacular); and Anne Collins (“outsized
in character and glamour, elegant, ferocious, witty”).

“My, she
could be ferocious,” remembers Martin — especially to inexperienced
writers who “often felt like a tasty fly stuck in her editorial web. “

A Mastheadonline story is here. Here is a Canadianmags blog post.