One Word: Contemporary Writers on the Words They Love or Loathe
One Word contains corn, not the vegetable but the idea; solmizate, to sing an object into place; and delicious slang, such as darb and dassn’t. Composed as lyric essays, quips, and etymological adventures, the writings address not only English words but some from Japanese, Quechua, Basque, and Igbo. The result is a wonderful meal, filled with color, personality, and pomp.
Molly McQuade has worked as an editor of books, journals, and magazines for the Great Books Foundation, Publishers Weekly, Wesleyan University Press, TriQuarterly, Parnassus, Chicago Review, and others. Her prose and poetry have appeared in Yale Review, The New Criterion, The Washington Post, the Village Voice, The Atlantic, American Scholar, Daedalus, Literary Imagination, Threepenny Review, Paris Review, and more. McQuade writes two columns for the American Library Association, and served previously as a columnist for Hungry Mind Review. She has received fellowships or awards from the National Council of Teachers of English, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Among her books are a collection of her essays, Stealing Glimpses (Sarabande Books) andAn Unsentimental Education (University of Chicago Press). A frequent panelist and presenter at conferences including the AWP, the MLA, and elsewhere, she has taught literature and writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, the Unterberg Center, and other venues. She blogs for PEN.