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Hilarious tribute to a hilarious book,
This review is from: Afterliff (Hardcover)
I've been a fan of the original Meaning of Liff for years; it always seemed to me not merely a funny book, but an invitation to find words for those bizarre experiences we all share, but we can't necessarily name. My closest friends and I have been using the original Liffs, and making up our own, ever since.
In this new collection, hundreds of fans of Liffs have produced and contributed their own (I am among them) and they are assembled in this volume. I found this doubly delightful: wildly funny, but also confirmation that Liffs themselves, and the urge to create them, are an experience many of us share.
Douglas Adams (one of the original authors) was arguably a pioneer of crowd-sourcing with his h2g2 website (a crowd-sourced encyclopedia predating, but very similar in spirit to, Wikipedia) and I feel he would have loved the idea of crowd-sourced Liffs. John Lloyd and John Canter have completed and edited the collection superbly and the whole book seems a continuation of, but also a warm tribute to, the original. I recommend it to anyone who loves language, or has ever had a weird experience and wanted to find a word for it.