Desperately Seeking Spoonerisms: The Decline of Word Play in Literature

“Spoonerism” may sound like a dirty word, but that’s only because it’s employed so rarely in contemporary literature that we’ve become unfamiliar with the term. Named after turn-of-the-20th-century Oxford University professor William Archibald Spooner, who was apt at muddling his words (e.g. meaning to say “Conquering Kings Their Titles Take” …

Are You A Writer? [Insert Gag Noise Here]

For most “writers,” being asked the question, “Are you a writer?” is not an emotional experience that results in a five second existential crisis. Most people are completely comfortable with proclaiming that, in spite of never having been published and being a relative (or, rather, total) unknown, that, yes, they …

Is It Impossible for Modern Writers to be Considered Intellectual?

While writers bear a certain amount of self-deprecation, self-doubt and self-loathing, they also possess a fair amount of ego. After all, what could be more egotistical than thinking your thoughts, feelings and life experiences are of value to other people? That being said, there seems to be something challenging about …