Thanks, James Levy, for the tip on a new book on writing to add to my bookshelf: “Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof“, written by humorist and NPR personality Roy Blount Jr. and published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Based on the author, I like it already, but if that doesn’t persuade, then perhaps learning how to construct an entire conversation from vowels might: “ ’ey!” “Eeeee!” “I. . . . ” “Oh, you.” And if that doesn’t do the trick, then perhaps you will be sold on Jack Shafer’s observation that “Blount hangs out in dictionaries the way other writers hang out in bars.”
In any event, a good read on words combined with a few laughs is nothing to sniff at, so add this one to my Amazon reading list!