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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Exploring The 'Fluidity' of Language

“I have always loved the fluidity of language - delighting in dialects, dictionaries, slang and neologisms.” – Ben Schott

Born in London on this date in 1974, Schott combined his love of both writing and photography into his successful career as author of the Schott's Miscellanies and Schott's Almanac series.

The Miscellanies grew out of his creation – and self-publication – of cards for his friends that contained booklets of what he considered vital but hard to find information.   It wasn’t long before one made it into the hands of a publisher who not only saw the brilliance of what Schott had devised but also its marketability.   Within months the first edition – Schott’s Original Miscellany – had risen to the top of bestseller lists and was spun off into Schott’s other books. 
      His Almanacs share the same look and feel as his 4-book Miscellanies series – only substantially longer and larger.   Among the books’ subjects are The World; Society; Media & Celebrity; Music & Movies; Books & Arts; and Science & Technology.  Each also includes an “Ephemerides” section containing traditional almanac information on dates, moon phases, and the season.

“For me,” Schott said, “writing is like being taken on a walk by a footnote: It's amazing where you end up.”

Writer’s Moment with a friend at http://writersmoment.blogspot.com

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