Very Good. Item #5935
Lincoln: Writer's Showcase / iUniverse.com, 2000. Signed by the author on title page to columnist and fellow language expert William Safire with inscription "Oct. 2000. Dear Bill, You told me to write a book -- so I did! Check out the 'slanglish'! Best regards, Sol."
Octavo; 269pp. Illustrated paper wraps. Covers lightly shelfworn with two diagonal flattened creases across top back. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Steinmetz's satirical dystopian novel about a future government run by juveniles. Steinmetz was best known as a linguist and lexicographer, described by Safire as a "lexical supermaven" and inducted by him into Olbom (On Language's Board of Octogenarian Mentors). In an On Language column Safire called the book "an antic novel," continuing "Its dialogue is replete with 'Slanglish,' jargon he makes up for a future generation of juvenocrats -- young people running the country -- like: 'I glimmed that we were crossing wires. We'd never sync up.' There's a Jabberwockian quality to Steinmetz's coinage; to glim combines glimmer and glimpse. Offbeat and fun."