Something recursive and delightful this week – a recommendation of a book written by one of our previous contributors to The Unsung Letter:
Outside of observing words, taking joy in them like a dedicated anthropologist might crawl the undergrowth with a magnifying glass, the stories focus on relationships, and there are a couple of unusual workplaces: a banned restaurant poaching birds in brandy and a rosette manufacturer with gothic undertones (“note: rosettes can be a choking hazard.”)
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Before the book is even opened one is aware of its playfulness. The original hardback defined the work as a ‘Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable’; one edition features a rebus on the cover to represent its title and used a picture of a young woman in profile above a small fish and a split peapod; the title, of course, is a phonetic skit on the five central letters of the ordered English alphabet: L-M-N-O-P.
Do you know what book Williams is referring to?
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