Slip of the Tongue: Talking About Language

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Slip of the Tongue is a love letter to words and the myriad and contradictory ways we use them. Author Katie Haegele is a respected memoirist who makes sense of the world around her by looking at the ways we use language: to communicate, to make art, and simply to survive. She takes us through her life by describing her family’s rich linguistic history and her own coming of age as a feminist and an artist, and introduces us to her hometown of Philadelphia, a city lively with graffiti, poetry, and the remnants of...
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Overview


Slip of the Tongue is a love letter to words and the myriad and contradictory ways we use them. Author Katie Haegele is a respected memoirist who makes sense of the world around her by looking at the ways we use language: to communicate, to make art, and simply to survive. She takes us through her life by describing her family’s rich linguistic history and her own coming of age as a feminist and an artist, and introduces us to her hometown of Philadelphia, a city lively with graffiti, poetry, and the remnants of its colonial heritage. She connects history to the present with research, interviews, and musings on digital technology and the contemporary state of the English language. Slip of the Tongue, a book as brainy as it is heart-warming, is a celebration of that humanity in all its complicated beauty. Haegele's tone is personal and conversational—she is able to explore her subjects with both intellectual vigor and a lot of heart. Her memoir takes a usually inaccessible academic subject of linguistic and joyfully breaks it open for all of us to see and marvel at.
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"Sign me up for the Katie Haegele fan club. Whether she's deciphering untranslatable phrases or figuring out what to wear to a Slut Walk protest, her writing is honest and generous, and alive to the transcendent possibilities of language.”  —Marilyn Johnson, author, The Dead Beat and This Book Is Overdue!

“Quirky, revealing, and most definitely unique, [Haegele's] distinctive, seemingly artless, and nakedly honest voice draws readers into her memoir.”  —Philadelphia Inquirer

“Less like a book and more like a letter from a friend, a friend who knows all about the art of the rummage and the nuances of reviewing yard sales. It's a truly joyful read but also tinged with sadness and grief, in the way happiness is in real life. When you relate to another person, they have history: an amalgamation of grief, nostalgia, pain, and also happiness. This book will stay in my life for a long time.”  —Razorcake

“Since words do not exist in a vacuum, it seems to make sense then that it is poetry's fictions that can resurrect these dead words. Still, being a well-conceived project doesn't necessarily mean the result would be engaging. That they are attests to Haegele's tal-ents…witty, charming, and/or beguiling.”  —Eileen Tabios, Galatea Ressurects online magazine

"Part memoir and part intellectual ruminations on language, how we use it, and how it has changed, Slip of the Tongue will please anyone who fancies themselves a logophile or linguistics genius, or even just someone looking for a good, fun book." —Ashley Houk, Utne Reader

"tangible, loving and imaginative." —Jenna Freedman, jennafreedman.tumblr.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621060116
  • Publisher: Microcosm Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2014
  • Series: Real World Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 629,100
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Katie Haegele is a writer and zine publisher. She is the author of the memoir White Elephants and has been published in Adbusters, Bitch magazine, the Miami Herald, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Utne Reader. She lives in Philadelphia.
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