Slip of the Tongue: Talking About Language

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Drawing from personal experiences to explore a wide range of topics in linguistics, this clever memoir looks at the ways people use language to communicate, to make art, and simply to survive. It begins with descriptions of the rich linguistic history of the author’s family, her evolution as a feminist and an artist, and the influence of her lively hometown of Philadelphia. Personal and conversational, the book connects history to the present with research, interviews, and musings on digital technology and the ...
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Overview


Drawing from personal experiences to explore a wide range of topics in linguistics, this clever memoir looks at the ways people use language to communicate, to make art, and simply to survive. It begins with descriptions of the rich linguistic history of the author’s family, her evolution as a feminist and an artist, and the influence of her lively hometown of Philadelphia. Personal and conversational, the book connects history to the present with research, interviews, and musings on digital technology and the contemporary state of the English language. Taking a traditionally niche subject outside of academia, this meditation on language examines its subjects with both intellectual vigor and tremendous heart.
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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: 720,975

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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