American humorist Roy Blount, Jr. rejects the standard linguistic notion that the connection between words and their meanings is “arbitrary.” According to the New York Times review of his 2008 book Alphabet Juice, “A self-diagnosed hyperlexic since first grade, Blount hangs out in dictionaries the way other writers hang out in bars.”
Roy Blount, Jr. has authored 22 books, covering a wide array of subjects. His most recent book, HAIL, HAIL, EUPHORIA! Presenting the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup, is a joyful meditation on what he calls “the greatest war movie ever made.” Blount is also a panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me, ex-president of the Authors Guild, a New York Public Library “Literary Lion,” and a usage consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary. Alphabetter Juice: The Joy of Text, the sequel to Alphabet Juice, will be published in May 2011.
He comes from Decatur, Georgia and lives in western Massachusetts. In 2009 he received the Thomas Wolfe Award from the University of North Carolina.