If Word Ways required abstracts for its articles, this would be an awkward moment. Originally, I intended to write an ordinary book review about an anything-but-ordinary book. Things soon got out of hand, however, resulting in a hybrid article. Flip-and-skim readers may by now have typed it as an instance of the premise-bit sequence, long a standby of Johnny Carson and Ed McMahonon the Tonight Show. Ed: "In that one book is "everything" you could hope to know about [book topic]." Johnny: "You are wrong, [topic-related adjective]-breath. Our staff has done some research and come up with a list of its own." Ed [astounded]: "There's more?"
"The Meaning or Purpose of Life,"
Word Ways: Vol. 22
, Article 15.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol22/iss2/15