One Word: Contemporary Writers on the Words They Love or Loathe

One Word: Contemporary Writers on the Words They Love or Loathe

by Molly McQuade

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Overview

“A sublime anthology” of essays, memoirs, stories and careful considerations from sixty-six writers riffing on a single word (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
 
In this darb collection, Molly McQuade asks the question all writers love to answer: what one word means the most to you, thrills you, or sets your teeth on edge? And why?
 
Writers respond with a wild gallimaufry of their choosing, from ardor to bitchin’ to thermostat to wrong and very. There is corn, also—not the vegetable but the idea, defining cultural generations; solmizate, meaning to sing an object into place; and delicious slang, such as dassn’t. Composed as expository or lyric essays, zinging one-liners, extended quips, jeremiads, etymological adventures, or fantastic romps, the writings address not only English words but also a select few from French, German, Japanese, Quechua, Basque, Igbo, and others. Fascinating, funny, and ingeniously curated from critics, novelists, translators, poets, and academics, “the words profiled here have a new trace of meaning, warmth, and a time-worn glow” (John Morse, publisher of Merriam-Webster, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936747245
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication date: 11/09/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 266
File size: 623 KB

About the Author

Molly McQuade: Molly McQuade has worked as an editor of books, journals, and magazines for the Great Books Foundation, Publishers Weekly, Wesleyan University Press, TriQuarterly, Parnassus, Chicago Review, and others. Her prose and poetry have appeared in Yale Review, The New Criterion, The Washington Post, the Village Voice, The Atlantic, American Scholar, Daedalus, Literary Imagination, Threepenny Review, Paris Review, and more. McQuade writes two columns for the American Library Association, and served previously as a columnist for Hungry Mind Review. She has received fellowships or awards from the National Council of Teachers of English, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Among her books are a collection of her essays, Stealing Glimpses (Sarabande Books) and An Unsentimental Education (University of Chicago Press). A frequent panelist and presenter at conferences including the AWP, the MLA, and elsewhere, she has taught literature and writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, the Unterberg Center, and other venues. She blogs for PEN.

Table of Contents

Foreword

A by Joel Brouwer
Ammavide by Meena Alexander
Ardor by Laura Jacobs
As by Brenda Hillman
Baffle by Albert Mobilio
Bitchin’ by Star Black
Blog by Katherine DeLorenzo
Careen by Karen Stolz
Colander by Lee Martin
Corn by Katherine Karlin
Crash by Dan Moyer
Dämmerung by Susan Bernofsky
Darb by Erin McGraw
Dassn’t by Richard Terrill
Dehiscence by Forrest Gander
Dive by Peggy Shumaker
Doom by Molly McQuade
Echo by Rusty Morrison
Eeeek by Daina Lyn Galante
Eye by Katherine Vaz
Fact by Srikanth Reddy
Felt by Annie Finch
Fiasco by Wendy Rawlings
Filthy by Marilyn Krysl
Floccinaucinihilipilification by Siobhan Gordon
Florere by Vincent Katz
Forget by Mimi Schwartz
Gray by William Corbett
Green by Doug Moore
Half-light by Maggie Hivnor
Hope by John Rodriguez
H.O.T.T. by Rachel Toor
I by Cynthia Gaver
Ickybicky by Megan Koussiakoff
Interesting by Jason Iwen
Invisible by Dan Machlin
Kankedort by Maureen N. McLane
Lasai by Elizabeth Macklin
Lilac by Joan Connor
Midnight by Willett Thomas
Negligee by Jane Delury
Nut by Andrew Hudgins
Or by Eric Ormsby
Pants by Nathaniel Taylor
Personal by Priscilla Becker
Prefer by Mark Noonan
Quipu by Arthur Sze
Riff by Ted Anton
Sixpack by Thylias Moss
Solmizate by Cole Swensen
Still by Robert Mueller
Subitane by John Taggart
Sweet by April Bernard
Sweetie by Lawrence Raab
Thermostat by Michael Martone
Topsoil by Mary Swander
Umami by Yong-Woong Shin
Umunnen by Kelechi Okere
Unknowable by Jillian Dungan
Ur by Robin Hemley
Verb by Lia Purpura
Verse by Albert Goldbarth
Very by Brock Clarke
Warrant by Kathy Briccetti
Wool by Daisy Fried
Word Re-current by Eleanor Wilner
Wrong by John Shoptaw

Afterword

Contributors’ Notes

Author Index

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