The Logophile's Orgy: Favorite Words of Famous People

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Do you have a favorite word? A beguiling bon mot? A linguistic delicacy that cheers you up whenever it's uttered (or read)? If so, this gem of a book will delight you - not to mention tickle, enrapture, enthrall, captivate, bewitch, charm, and transport you. Within its pages are the favorite words of 220 of our most gifted writers, scientists, educators, humorists, and celebrities, collected by Lewis Frumkes, the bestselling author of How to Raise Your I.Q. by Eating Gifted Children. His respondents, who range ...
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Do you have a favorite word? A beguiling bon mot? A linguistic delicacy that cheers you up whenever it's uttered (or read)? If so, this gem of a book will delight you - not to mention tickle, enrapture, enthrall, captivate, bewitch, charm, and transport you. Within its pages are the favorite words of 220 of our most gifted writers, scientists, educators, humorists, and celebrities, collected by Lewis Frumkes, the bestselling author of How to Raise Your I.Q. by Eating Gifted Children. His respondents, who range from Norman Mailer to Linus Pauling, Ray Bradbury to Amy Tan, Dave Barry to Gloria Estefan - have written about their favorite words and why they are so enamored of them. For author Mary Higgins Clark it's memory ("the DNA of a writer"). For sports columnist Ira Berkow it's bamboozle ("the sound gives instant delight"). Actress Hedy Lamarr is partial to empathy, and comedian Phyllis Diller likes a lot of words: ephemeral, for one, and lollipop, and diaphanous. In these pages you will find words familiar (love, zest, goodness, chocolate, lullaby) and unfamiliar (chthonic, steatopygia, irredentist); words long (horripilating) and short (sex); words weird (jerzoid) and refreshingly down-to-earth (egg). There is a cornucopia of words in this irresistible volume that no self-respecting logophile should be without. For anyone bedazzled by language or curious about the verbal preferences of others, The Logophile's Orgy - sometimes eccentric, frequently funny, often surprisingly intimate and moving - is a delectable treat. As the author himself confesses, we often wonder about other people's favorite words. Now we know.
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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
A lively and informative collection of media relating to rap music, Rap on Rap will appeal to readers who enjoy hearty intellectual brawls. Drawing on such diverse sources as Spin, Footwear News, Crossfire, William Safire, Ice Cube and Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, the book is a rap-centric examination of African-American culture, censorship, racism, politics and sexism. Editor Sexton (Desperately Seeking Madonna) skillfully initiates the debate by outlining the music's numerous controversies; but, though his introduction establishes the book's themes, the articles take center stage thereafter. Despite Sexton's reservations concerning rap criticism, nearly every selection is well written and thought-provoking. Sexton is clearly a fan of hip-hop, which makes his inclusion of such a range of opinion, from an eloquent political statement by the rapper Paris to the anti-rap sermon delivered from the pulpit of Rev. Butts, truly admirable. The transcripts of television and radio panel discussions included are notable as microcosms of the larger conflicts confronting rap; the "talk" of these talk shows, sometimes inadvertently hilarious, is rapidly replaced by shouting. While it offers no clear solutions to the problems rap poses, Rap on Rap asks the questions well and answers them fairly.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A lively and informative collection of media relating to rap music, Rap on Rap will appeal to readers who enjoy hearty intellectual brawls. Drawing on such diverse sources as Spin, Footwear News, Crossfire, William Safire, Ice Cube and Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, the book is a rap-centric examination of African-American culture, censorship, racism, politics and sexism. Editor Sexton (Desperately Seeking Madonna) skillfully initiates the debate by outlining the music's numerous controversies; but, though his introduction establishes the book's themes, the articles take center stage thereafter. Despite Sexton's reservations concerning rap criticism, nearly every selection is well written and thought-provoking. Sexton is clearly a fan of hip-hop, which makes his inclusion of such a range of opinion, from an eloquent political statement by the rapper Paris to the anti-rap sermon delivered from the pulpit of Rev. Butts, truly admirable. The transcripts of television and radio panel discussions included are notable as microcosms of the larger conflicts confronting rap; the ``talk'' of these talk shows, sometimes inadvertently hilarious, is rapidly replaced by shouting. While it offers no clear solutions to the problems rap poses, Rap on Rap asks the questions well and answers them fairly. (Apr.)
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Yo! Here's an intelligent, insightful, and captivating gallery of views on rap music and hip-hop culture. Although other commendable studies of rap exist (most notably Tricia Rose's Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America, LJ 5/1/94, and Brian Cross's It's Not About a Salary: Hiphop in Los Angeles from the Watts Prophets to the Freestyle Fellowship, LJ 2/15/94), never before have we been treated to one source with such diverse takes on the subject. This book includes 40 essays by such disparate contributors as William Safire, Ice-T, Mike Royko, Nathan McCall, and 2-Live Crew's Luther Campbell, along with transcripts of Crossfire, Larry King Live, and Jesse Jackson's Both Sides and even a storyboard from Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. Editor Sexton (Desperately Seeking Madonna, LJ 5/1/93) has assembled these texts into de facto symposia on four aspects of rap: its message (violent? antiwoman?), the censorship question, its musical pedigree, and its place in American civilization. This ambitious book will be uniquely useful to undergraduates preparing argumentative papers, but it surely belongs on the shelves of most public libraries as well. Highly recommended.-Bill Piekarski, Southwestern Coll. Lib., Chula Vista, Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385313520
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Pages: 240

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