Tag: English language

Ella Minnow Pea

Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable

by Mark Dunn (MacAdam/Cage, 2001)

Book cover: Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

Not as clever or amusing as it imagines itself to be, but still an effective satire on government, dogma and the corrupting influence of absolute power. With the loss of language (denoting civil liberties), even the most eloquent of societies quickly degenerates.

Fry’s Planet Word

Fry’s Planet Word

by Stephen Fry (BBC, 2011)

Fry_Planet Word

Across five one-hour episodes and with the prowling inquisitiveness of a deep-seated, rapacious word-lust unleashed, Stephen Fry — elegant, eloquent, ebullient — serves gallantly to inspire us with the origins and spread, the significance, the myriad uses, and above all the beauty, of language.