The web of words

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The web of words

Caught in the web of words –
The elements of editing,
The grammar of living –
I may be some time.


I almost included this title at line 2, but I felt it would be too harsh.

This is the eighth ‘bookmash’ I’ve posted. Numbers 1–7 are here.

Thanks to the authors: K. M. Elisabeth Murray, Arthur Plotnik, David Cooper, and Francis Spufford. Artist Nina Katchadourian’s Sorted Books project was my original inspiration.


14 Responses to The web of words

  1. John Cowan says:

    I was by chance just reading about Captain Oates today, while hunting down all of the people mentioned in a single paragraph of Sayers’s introduction to Dante’s Inferno. I trust you will not be vanishing without trace any time soon, however! We-uns need our Bierce a while longer.

  2. Stan says:

    Jams: Thank you!

    John: I don’t plan to disappear outright, but to ease off blogging for a short spell in order to concentrate on more pressing duties.

  3. wisewebwoman says:

    Blogging’s in the blood
    For those who try
    To turn away
    And buzz elsewhere
    But then return to scratch
    That webzy itch.
    I know.


  4. Jude says:

    Talking about a web of words, have you heard about the right-wing conspiracy to make “refudiate” an actual word?

  5. Stan says:

    WWW: Thank you for the fine verse!

    I have no plans to buzz elsewhere
    Although I’m sure to tweet,
    But duty called, I answered back,
    And must delay the blogging beat.

    Jude: Refudiate has been in use since 1925, if not earlier. It is a word.

  6. demurelemur says:

    That rocks. I’m going to play this game when I get home to my bookshelf. Then maybe we can have an internet bookmash slam. Like a poetry slam, only geekier.

  7. Stan says:

    demurelemur: It’s a lot of fun. I’d be glad of an excuse to do another, but it will require some burrowing in boxes. Let me know when you’ve bookmashed!

  8. ALiCe__M says:

    Yes, that rocks. It’s so extraordinary to read someone’s bookselves as you walk past ; a poem in progress, as time goes by, mixed with new scents, colours and conversation.

  9. ALiCe__M says:

    I realise I wrote “bookselves” instead of “bookshelves”, which is great, as it illustrates my feeling perfectly : reading books’titles is reading yourself, or someone else’s self, somehow.

  10. Stan says:

    Alice: That’s a lovely way to describe it, and bookselves is an illuminating typo. Roving over other people’s book collections lets us peek into unpredictable other worlds.

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  12. […] others are The Accidental Grammar, Unlocking the Language, The Name of the World, Evolution: The Difference Engine, Forest of Symbols, Ambient Gestures, and The Web of Words. […]

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