CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
"I cannot imagine a more striking example of how the human animal can cope. In response to a destructive event, these animals create an expression that is uniquely original in style and content, moving, funny and thoughtful. May we all try to do the same when life offers us the opportunity."
*Jonathan is stylish, adventurous, and occasionally uses dashes** in his writing.
**He doesn't shy from going the full em dash, and he knows how to finesse an en dash when necessary. He's no stranger to a non-breaking hypen (and that's not a minus). We're confident that he could handle a horizontal bar (even if it had to be swung).
These are the best New Year's resolutions we've ever encountered, explaining why one shouldn't get up early, should spend more money on oneself, should drink more, should live beyond one's means, should gamble, and should look out for No. 1. From The Idler, 1894.
Quimby's Bookstore NYC knows that some books are best lit by a cloven-footed lamp. Owner Steven Svymbersky writes: "Just got in a fine selection of the esoteric and amusing books by Prof. Oddfellow. Special."
In the second photo, our display table is on the right.
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