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Sep 05, 2012

"Silent Spring"--Told In Vanity License Plates

SilentSpringeThis year is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, the book that alerted the nation to the dangers of organochlorine compounds like DDT, PCBs, and dioxin. In 1994 Sierra published this retelling of that environmental classic in an entirely new way--with every word taken from a genuine California vanity license plate. If the monkeys who randomly type out the works of Shakespeare learn to drive, this story might zip past in the fast lane on the Hollywood Freeway.Thanks to Daniel Nussbaum, with whose kind permission we reprint his opus. (For readers unfamiliar with the genre, Nussbaum suggests thinking phonetically and reading aloud. Remember what you learned in the second grade: when in doubt, sound it out.) --Paul Rauber

ITHAPNZ INA TOWN, MAYBEE SOMTING LYKE URTOWN. LIFE DUZ KARRYON 1 SEASON FOLLOIN ANOTHER. HAPPI SUMMRS CUMNGO. AUTUMN DAZZLES, ITDOES AMAZE. WNTRTYM, WEEE CRITTRS KNOWHOW TO FIND BERRIES INSNOW.

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