Strange Language is a curious collection of “wordsmithery” in which thinking and writing about culture is cultivated by a man dubbed Joshua Cooper. He is amused by all things American, intrigued by icons, and longing always to learn more. At any given moment his mind is a composition of literature, pop culture, poetry, music, linguistic quirks, the travails of modernity, and contests of sport. He writes a number of series for Strange Language which are described below.
He also delights in language, its sonic verve, its tremendous power to possess the empires of the mind and the conflicted sanctuary of the human heart. Thus, his alphabetical lists of interests includes amelioration, ballyhoo, catharsis, doodads, enlightenment, flotsam, gusto, hobgoblins, inquisitiveness, jetsam, koalas, lyceums, mojo, neologisms, oxymoronica, (parentheticals), quirks, refutation, smithereens, troglodytes, umbrellas, vivacity, wanderlust, xylophones, yoinks, & zings.
Series As Seen on Strange Language:
Boss Songs – Vignettes, some biographical, some simply observing the lyrical and musical attributes of the songs of Bruce Springsteen, a master of American rock & roll.
Litany – When the velocity of modern life calls for brevity, look to the litany for lists of all stripes.
Poems You Might Have Missed – Imperative poems for decent human beings, poems to handle your heart and bend your mind, and poems you just might have missed, considering America’s growing disdain for verse.
The Sham – Mock news for those in the know and in need of a laugh.