this is the most beautiful and amazing thing i have ever read in my entire life and it makes me so so happy
“Apparently other than writing famous fiction Lovecraft was also known for the nerdiest sounding letters.” - My brother
oh my god
Are you serious?
"Whatcha thinka the NEW PLANET? HOT STUFF!!!"
Are you fucking serious?
If I ever get a quote tattooed somewhere on my person, it’s gonna be this quote.
It is important for me to see stuff like this, to remind myself that people were *always* like this, it isn’t an internet thing.
new planet = original new monkey
Would you like to read a book in which this happens?
It’s one of my all-time favorite books. It’s called Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. He describes it as an “progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable.”
It is written in the form of letters between the citizens of the fictional island of Nollop, an independent nation off the coast of South Carolina and home of Nevin Nollop, who invented the phrase “the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.” That phrase is written in tiles over a statue of Nollop in their town square, and when one night a storm causes one of the tiles to fall, the council decides that it’s a sign from Nollop that they are no longer allowed to use that letter, in speech or writing, on pain of progressive punishments including public beating and up to banishment.
Then another tile falls. Then another.
The citizens, who are all very attached to their words and writing, mount a campaign to come up with a phrase that uses all 26 letters but is shorter than Nollop’s, thus proving that he was not divine and negating all the edicts.
Because the novel is told in the form of letters the citizens write, and this is the genius part…the author must also stop using the letters as they fall. So the book gradually stops using letters until at one point I think they’re down to just five.
The resolution literally made me get up and dance around the room.
It’s clever, creative, and a not-really-veiled-at-all parable about monotheistic oligarchy. It’s not a long book, you can read it in an afternoon.
GO READ IT RIGHT NOW.
WOW I want to read that book
Very rarely is there a book that I must read at any cost
This is now one of them
Note: locate book
I actually bought this book because of this post and let me tell you, it was a fucking great decision. Besides having a brilliant concept, it’s also so well written that in the beginning you don’t even notice when another letter is removed. There was one part I had to re-read because I couldn’t believe that there wasn’t a single ‘d’ in the last five pages.
Seriously, this book is fantastic
Illustrations by Sir William Russell Flint (1880-1969). He illustrated e.g. King Arthur and of his noble knights of the Round table written by Sir Thomas Malory and the epic Odysee by Homer.
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