Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A, E, I, O, U (and sometimes Y?)

Eunoia by Christian Bök is a five-chapter book in which each chapter purposely uses exactly one vowel. A cool thing is to compare the resulting tones of the sentences in the different chapters, as they are wildly different.

In the 'o' chapter, for example, one of the sentences is: "Profs from Oxford show frosh who do postdocs how to gloss works of Wordsworth."

I have only one question: What do they show the frosh who don't have sex with postdocs?

By the way, "eunoia" is the shortest word that contains all five vowels.

(Tip of the cap to Bernie Hogan.)

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