November 19, 2011

Gordon Lish and

I’m afraid this link will not be what I’m wanting past midnight today. The word of the day for November 19 is “knavery” and they use a quote from Gordon Lish to show usage! (Thanks to my friend Susan for letting me know about this.)


Yes, I took the brunt of it but not because there was a ballot on it but because I know knavery when I see knavery. Plus underhandedness and mischief.

— Gordon Lish, Collected Fictions

EDIT: The link has been edited to point to the relevant day forever.


  1. Sheila Ryan on November 19th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    ‘Knavery’ and ‘mischief’ are among my favorite words.

    (By the bye, I’ve been enjoying your occasional tweets concerning words that you loathe.)

  2. Sheila Ryan on November 19th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    This knavery link should suffice for all eternity.

  3. Dave Vogt on November 19th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Hope not to have stepped on toes, but I edited the link in the original post to match Ms. Ryan’s. I did not change the original text, though.

  4. Sheila Ryan on November 19th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    That makes sense, Dave. It’s appreciated.

    I was thinking about cats.

    Or maybe sex.