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Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 PM
Daniel Menaker presents The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings That Make Surprising Sense
In conversation with Arthur Phillips

Daniel Menaker began his career as a fact checker at The New Yorker, where he became an editor and worked for twenty-six years. While at The New Yorker, he once happened upon the mistaken phrase “The zebras were grazing on the African svelte.” His new book The African Svelte playfully catalogues such unintentionally meaningful spelling errors, which are sometimes more interesting than their “strait-laced” counterparts. Illustrated by the inimitable Roz Chast, the book offers a thoughtful and intelligent “exit Jesus”, as Menaker glances at familiar fumbles like “for all intensive purposes” and “doggy-dog world.” Readers delighted by language will find themselves turning the pages with “baited breath” to discover fresh howlers that will have them laughing off their “dairy airs.” Menaker discusses the joys of spelling mistakes with friend and fellow author Arthur Phillips, author of Prague and The Tragedy of Arthur.

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