Stephin Merritt

discusses

101 Two-Letter Words

in conversation with ETHAN GILSDORF

$22 tickets on sale now

Tickets include admission and one copy of 101 Two-Letter Words

Co-sponsored by 826 Boston

This event includes a book signing

Date

Oct
1
Wednesday
October 1, 2014
6:00 PM
(Doors at 5:30)

Location

Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

$22.00 - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store and 826 Boston welcome singer-songwriter STEPHIN MERRITT of the Magnetic Fields for a presentation of Two-Letter Words—his one-of-a-kind celebration of the 101 two-letter words allowed in Scrabble—in conversation with the Boston Globe's ETHAN GILSDORF.

Rolling Stone has called Stephin Merritt “the Cole Porter of his generation”; O, The Oprah Magazine has hailed cartoonist Roz Chast as “the wryest pen since Dorothy Parker’s.” Together they have crafted a wonderfully witty book that is sure to prove useful to Scrabble players and Words With Friends addicts—and to delight anyone in thrall to the weirder corners of the English language.

With the mordant wit and clever wordplay of Edward Gorey or Shel Silverstein, Stephin Merritt has written an original four-line rhyming poem for each of the 101 two-letter words included in The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. Here are poems about familiar words (such as at, go, hi, no, and up) as well as obscure ones (such as aa, ka, oe, qi, xu). And every one of the 101 poems is accompanied by a full-color illustration by the incomparable cartoonist Roz Chast.

101 Two-Letter Words is perfect for any language lover or Scrabble player (it may even improve your score!).

Ethan Gilsdorf
Ethan Gilsdorf

Ethan Gilsdorf

Ethan Gilsdorf is a journalist, memoirist, critic, poet, teacher, and 17th level geek. He is the author of the award-winning travel memoir investigation Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms. Based in Somerville, Massachusetts, Gilsdorf writes regularly for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Magazine, Salon.com, BoingBoing.net, PsychologyToday.com, Washington Post, WBUR's Cognoscenti, GeekDad, and wired.com. He is also a book and film critic for the Boston Globe, and is the film columnist and contributing editor for Art New England.

Stephin Merritt
Stephin Merritt

Stephin Merritt

With the Magnetic Fields, Stephin Merritt has written, produced, and recorded ten albums, including 69 Love Songs, which was named one of the 500 best albums of all time by Rolling Stone. Merritt has performed as part of Lincoln Center’s “American Songwriters” series and at BAM’s “Next Wave of Song,” and he has composed the score for the Academy Award–nominated film Pieces of April and for Eban and Charley.

Photo credit: Marcelo Krasilcic

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Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 10 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and proceed along Brattle St. Follow Brattle St. as it curves to the right in Brattle Square (follow the sidewalk on the right side of the street). The Brattle will be on the left-hand side of the street. The building is shared with Algiers Cafe and Alden & Harlow Restaurant, and the theatre entrance is on the left side of the building—look for the sidewalk poster case and marquee.

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