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“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”

JACK KEROUAC, The Dharma Bums

Painting: “There and Here, State I” by Edward Ruscha (2007)

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CREDIT: New Yorker cartoon by Leo Cullum, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Prints available at condenaststore.com.

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“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read them and you’re pierced.”

ALDOUS HUXLEY, Brave New World

Graphic: “Word Swords” by Silver Birch Press

Image CAPTION: “You’ll have to phrase it another way. They have no word for ‘fetch.'”

CREDIT: New Yorker cartoon by Drew Dernavich, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”

JACK KEROUAC, The Dharma Bums

Painting: “There and Here, State I” by Edward Ruscha (2007)

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At the Silver Birch Press blog, we’re looking forward to a New Year filled with word explorations — prose, poetry, plays, and more! Thank you to our visitors and followers from around the world for joining us on our journey! You mean the world to us!

Illustration: New Yorker cartoon by Shannon Wheeler

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Z  (Excerpt), An Essay

by Tom Robbins

…It’s the most distant and elusive of our twenty-six linguistic atoms; a mysterious, dark figure in an otherwise fairly innocuous lineup, and the sleekest little swimmer ever to take laps in a bowl of alphabet soup.

 Scarcely a day of my life has gone by when I’ve not stirred the alphabetical ant nest, yet every time I type of pen the letter Z, I still feel a secret tingle, a tiny thrill. This is partially due to Z’s relative rarity: my dictionary devotes 99 pages to A words, 138 pages to P, but only 5 pages to words beginning with Z.

 Then there’s Z’s exoticness, for, though it’s a component of the English language, it gives the impression of having zipped out of Africa or the ancient Near East of Nebuchadnezzzar…Take a letter? You bet. I’ll take Z. My favorite country, at least on paper, is Zanzibar; my favorite body of water, the Zuider Zee. ZZ Top is my favorite band…Had Zsa Zsa Gabor married Frank Zappa, she would have had the coolest name in the world…

Photo: Tom Magliery, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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The above essay taken from Tom Robbins‘ essay, “Write About One of Your Favorite Things” (Esquire, 1996) and collected in Wild Ducks Flying Backward: The Short Writings of Tom Robbins (Bantam, 2005)

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“All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.”

ERNEST HEMINGWAY

 

Painting:The Mountain” by Edward Ruscha, 1998

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“Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.” STEPHEN KING

Painting:Pressurized Diabolics” by Edward Ruscha (1976)

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“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”

JACK KEROUAC, The Dharma Bums

Painting:There and Here, State I” by Edward Ruscha (2007)