CHF 2014: Journeys
Words with Friends: Stephin Merritt
We need more than two letters to define the fabulous and
multi-faceted career of Stephin Merritt. Best known
as the voice and songwriting talent behind The Magnetic
Fields, Merritt has just penned 101 Two-Letter Words, a
collection of poems for each of the 101 two-character
phrases permissible in Scrabble. The book, illustrated with
cartoons by the incomparable Roz Chast, is a witty resource
for language aficionados and Words with Friends addicts
everywhere. Along with Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! host
Peter Sagal, Merritt joins us for an evening of wordy
wonders—and maybe the largest-ever Scrabble game.
“He doesn’t want to stay up all night drinking beer with other
bands. But he’s always the first to bring cognac and discuss
Henry James.”—Daniel Handler a.k.a. Lemony Snicket
Want to see him sing? Purchase tickets for Stephin Merritt performing a rare, intimate full length solo concert on Saturday, November 8 at the Old Town School of Folk Music.
Photograph of Stephin Merritt by Marcelo Krasilcic
Stephin Merritt releases albums under the band names the Magnetic Fields, the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes. Merritt has written and recorded ten Magnetic Fields albums, including, 69 Love Songs and Love at the Bottom of the Sea. Merritt composed original music and lyrics for several music theater pieces, including an off-Broadway stage musical of Neil Gaiman's novel Coraline, for which he received an Obie Award. Merritt scored the Academy Award-nominated film Pieces of April. 101 Two-Letter Words is his first book.
Peter Sagal hosts the Peabody Award winning NPR game show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! He is the author of numerous plays that have been performed in theaters around the country and abroad, including Long Wharf Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, Seattle Repertory, and Florida Stage. He has also written several screenplays including Cuba Mine, an original screenplay that became, without his knowledge, the basis for Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. In 2007, Harper Collins published Peter's first book, The Book of Vice: Naughty Things and How to Do Them, a series of essays about bad behavior.
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