Do Geese See God?
A Palindrome Anthology
Schaffner Press Inc
This mysterious form of wordplay known as the palindrome - in which a group of word phrases and even sentences can be read both forwards and backwards has bewitched and beguiled readers and writers for centuries and, in fact, due to its mirrored, dualistic quality, was at one point considered to have magical powers. Now, in the hands of palindrome master William Irvine, combined with these witty and exquisitely drawn illustrations by Steven Guarnaccia, the result is a delightful mix of literary and absurdist humor. In the spirit of Edward Gorey, DO GEESE SEE GOD? will appeal to all lovers of wordplay, codes, puzzles, anagrams, crossword puzzles and linguistic brainteasers.
William Irvine is the author of Madam I'm Adam and If I Had a Hi-Fi. An editor and writer and avid logophile, he has also contributed articles on language, social history, architecture, and design to The New York Times, Gentleman's Quarterly, Gourmet, and House Beautiful, where he was a longtime editor. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. Steven Guarnaccia is an illustrator and designer, and Associate Professor of Illustration at Parsons The New School for Design, where he was the director of the Illustration Program from 2004-2011. He was previously the art-director of the Op-Ed page of the New York Times. During his 35-year career as an internationally recognized illustrator he has worked for major magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Abitare, Rolling Stone and Domus, has created murals for Disney Cruise Lines, and exhibition drawings for a show of Achille Castiglione's work at the Museum of Modern Art. He is the author of books on popular culture and design, including Black and White, a book on the absence of color, published by Chronicle Books. Guarnaccia has designed watches and packaging for Swatch, and greeting cards for the Museum of Modern Art. He has won awards from the AIGA, the Art Directors Club, and the Bologna Book Fair and has exhibited his work in one-man shows in the USA and Europe. His children's books include The Three Bears: A Tale Moderne, The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale and Cinderella: A Fashionable Tale, all published by Corraini Editore in Italy and Abrams in the US.