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Away with Words


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Joe Berkowitz Joe Berkowitz is an editor and staff writer at Fast Company, covering entertainment and pop culture. He is the coauthor of You Blew It. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and an ideal tuxedo cat.


Relentlessly hilarious, mercilessly self-aware, and consistently compassionate, Away with Words isn't just a chronicle of competitive punning but also a story about discovering where you belong and claiming your destiny. -- Josh Gondelman, coauthor of You Blew It
People often dismiss puns and punsters out of hand, but Joe Berkowitz reveals the best for who they really are - quirky, creative and often truly brilliant. -- John Pollack, former Presidential Speechwriter for Bill Clinton and author of The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics
If competitive pun-makers can be heroes, Away with Words tells the tale of a hero's journey. -- Jo Firestone, cocreator of Punderdome 3000
I love Joe Berkowitz's writing. He combines a down-to-earth, sometimes skeptical eye with a fantastic sense of humor and a true joy in creativity. He's a cool dude because he's also a nerd par excellence. Of course he became obsessed with puns. Get into his wordy weird brain and enjoy yourself -- Sara Benincasa, author of Real Artists Have Day Jobs
This funny little book results from Berkowitz's yearlong dive into the subculture of pun competitions. Of most fun is Berkowitz sharing in detail his own nerve-wracking performance at the World Championships, as well those of his competitors. Recommended for passionate readers of books about words and wordplay. -- Library Journal
[Away with Words is] low wit in its highest form...Mr.Berkowitz is sensitive throughout to the evanescence and contingency of punning and to the fleeting chemistry of a live pun-on-pun matchup crackling with energy. -- Wall Street Journal

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