You have to start somewhere.


Cover of Pure Drivel, by Steve MartinI started with the phone book. Looking up Mensa was not going to be easy, what with having to follow the strict alphabetizing rules that are so common nowadays. I prefer a softer, more fuzzy alphabetizing scheme, one that allows the mind to float free and “happen” upon the word. There is pride in that. The dictionary is a perfect example of overalphabetization, with its harsh rules and every little word neatly in place. It almost makes me want to go on a diet of grapes and waste away to nothing.

—Steve Martin, from “How I Joined Mensa,” in Pure Drivel, (New York, NY, USA: Hyperion, 1999), 62.

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