told us that he just acquired an uncorrected proof of One-Letter Words: A Dictionary
, the first in a collection of uncorrected dictionary proofs. We're now hoping that O.L.W.'s proof is riddled with errors and constitutes a wicked reference like The Wicked Bible
of 1631 (though that one, if memory serves, is merely missing a "not" in one of the Commandments). We love the idea of uncorrected proofs deliberately being cited as [faulty] evidence. We didn't think to tell Geof this, but we're picturing an entire research project in which every single footnote references an uncorrected proof. No one has any reason to know this, but when we appeared at O.L.W. book signings/talks, we read favorite one-letter words from the uncorrected proof. Our talks were technically illegitimate, springing from liminal matter that wasn't quite the "thing" itself. We didn't do it as some sort of art piece (more fool we) but were merely caught between worlds: a reclusive writer publicly reading from a softcover of a hardcover to people listening but not buying any of it.