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.
Eddie Loos once said that "there are two sides to golf" (The Best Advice Ever for Golfers), but "to look forward from the other side is terrifying" (Glenn Smith, Aesthetic Wilderness). This photo of the other side of golf, by Leslie Jones, appears exactly as it was scanned by the Boston Public Library.
You've heard of "turning over a new leaf," but here's what it looks like, courtesy of the person who scanned Massachusetts in the Rebellion by P. C. Headley, 1866. It's been said (by Arjan Plaisier) that "Autumn has two faces." In that spirit, both sides of every leaf preserved in this volume are represented.