“My mother is a former English teacher who always expected me to write the Great American Novel, thunderous and profound, so she was not impressed to learn that my first book is going to be amusing light verse,”

On Stephin Merritt, songwriter for the Magnetic Fields, who has written “a book chronicling all the two-letter words allowed” in Scrabble, 101 Two-Letter Words, illustrated by Roz Chast. From the NYTimes.