This week’s New Yorker has a “Talk of the Town” piece by Dana Goodyear on Demetri Martin, a Greek-American comedian obsessed with language games. Along with creating “one of the longest, non-computer-generated, sensemaking palindromes in English” (called “Dammit, I’m Mad”), he has composed the wonderful “All the Words Printed on a Bottle of Rolling Rock Beer in a Different Order”:

Women, your ability to operate extra tender springs from birth.
Good machinery comes as your contents cause enjoyment.
Cash, beer, a car: rock and rolling.
During “it,” the general warning:
“We may risk pregnancy according to old problems.”


  1. I’ve always loved “Flee to me, remote elf,” but I don’t have a clue who wrote it, and I don’t have my copy of An Almanac of Words At Play here (where I first read it). But I did find The Willard R. Espy Foundation, which pleases me mightily.

  2. Random: the public restroom of the Amherst Delicatessen in Amherst, Massachusetts is graffitied with a large number of clever palindromes–or at least it was some years ago; does anyone know whether it still is?

  3. I’d like to find the rest of this work. Is it on the net somewhere?

  4. Some good palindromes here, with visual aids.

  5. A story about two anagram geniuses, with a link to this webpage, has just been posted in the March edition of The World’s First Multi-National e-Book,

  6. Huh. Thanks for letting me know!

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