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, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, 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.
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Found 6 posts tagged ‘geof huth’


July 1, 2019 (permalink)


Eerie prescience!  And yet in this particular case we must credit the mysteries inherent in words more than our own arcane powers.  Back in 2011 [original post here], we created an anagram in honor of the poet Geof Huth, in which we found that the letters of his name, when scrambled in front of his name, spelled "The hug of Geof Huth."  Just over 8 years later, the poet revealed in his own blog post that in fact the issue of a hug was the defining moment of his entire life, the day that he became his own person.  Huth revealed in May 2019:

By the time I was eight or nine, I was opposed to hugging my parents, not because I was opposed to hugging (though I was and still am), but because I knew hugging my mother was a lie, and I tried not to lie. After refusing to hug her at her insistence and then my father’s, my father was forced to hit me strenuously with a belt upon my bare bottom, over and over, while my mother cried at the necessity of such punishment.

That was my proudest moment, the day I became myself. I did not cry. I remained stoic. I took the punishment as a badge of honor, and I spent about the next decade learning never to cry. My mother and father helped me see I had to hide my self and any sadness—merely to survive. So I shut down.

Although we are happy to take credit for our various mystical feats, in truth it was only a queer instinct that led us to explore the meanings hidden with the letters of Geof Huth's name.  The rest was self-working, as it were -- the profoundest and proudest moment in Huth's life was embedded within his name.  We merely unlocked it and took the trouble to present it.  Had we predicted just how remarkably siginicant the word "hug" was to Huth, we might very well never have gifted him the anagram.  Some things are simply too personal.  Now that we know, eight years later, just how visionary our anagram was, we formally apologize.  Incidentally, there's some relief for us in all this -- our occasional anagram gifts to people we admire are sometimes received less enthusiastically than we would have expected, and we now increasingly realize that the mysterious insights we unlock may simply hit too close to home.  The phenomenon is a very serious issue for the field of divination -- for all one's intuition and foresight, one cannot always predict today's consequences of prescient information.

> read more from Hindpsych: Erstwhile Conjectures by the Sometime Augur of Yore . . .
#divination #anagram #geof huth
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September 13, 2012 (permalink)

Geof Huth 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.

> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#one-letter words #geof huth #strange dictionary
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April 25, 2012 (permalink)


For Geof Huth, whose poems sometimes go backwards.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
> read more from Strange Dreams . . .
#vintage illustration #mermaid #merman #art #dreaming #geof huth
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June 29, 2010 (permalink)

From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook:

> read more from Go Out in a Blaze of Glory . . .
#vintage illustration #sun #art #shadow #light and dark #geof huth
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May 30, 2010 (permalink)

From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook:

> read more from Forgotten Wisdom . . .
#bat #wind #tongue #geof huth #tastebuds #bat tongue
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June 10, 2007 (permalink)


This is from Geof Huth's delightful "Analphabet" project.  See the full sized image here, and see the entire collection here.
> read more from The Right Word . . .
#geof huth #oh no
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