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 felt for a few moments like she would spring up from the ground with a sharp 'Boo!' and it would all be over. It would mean that my nightmare would never have started, and I'd be sleeping much more comfortably these days, unaware of what I now know."
"I know regretfully that for me it is too late and there will never be a return to the bliss of ignorance. I didn't want to know as much as I've learned. I wish I could forget what I now know, but I can't."
Ask, "Is there anything that I am doing today that, knowing what I now know, I would not start up again today if I had to do it over? This is one of the most effective reinvention tools. I call it a KWINK (Knowing What I Now Know) analysis."
"What I now 'know' happened in the interval, in the continuous space of crossing from one way of knowing to another. I can't decompose my movement/sensation of that crossing into an explanation of it, but I can gesture toward the coordinates of its passage and invite you along..."