Sunday, November 30, 2008

Interesting and entertaining new book to add to your "writer's bookshelf."

As recently reported in this New York Times Sunday book review, humorist and NPR personality Roy Blount Jr. has just published "Alphabet Juice:  The Energies, Gists and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof" by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.  Royblount1

Described as a guide to Blount's "personal lexicon, usage manual, writers' guidebook, [and] etymological investigation," the NYT's reviewer enthusiastically recommends the book to anyone interesting in adding another valuable and fun resource to their writer's bookshelf.

According to Alphabet Juice, writing "needs to be quick, so it's readable at first glance and also worth lingering over."  Ah, that's the trick, isn't it?

More reviews, courtesy of, are collected here.

I am the scholarship dude.


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I love this book. I bought it as soon as it came out, and I've given it to several of my friends. He strikes me as an American version of Lynne Truss. I'd make his book required for my LRW I and II classes, but the students already have a huge pile of books to pay for now. My comments may not be concise, but his book is pure joy!

Posted by: Bobbie | Dec 1, 2008 7:44:35 PM

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