Wednesday 17 September 2008

Oxford English Dictionary: a quick read?

I heard a fascinating item during the night on The Word, the BBC World Service programme about books and writing. Ammon Shea revealed why he chose to spend a year of his life holed up in a library in New York reading all twenty volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary from cover to cover. It is worth a listen. I have been wondering what the musical equivalent would be? Reading the whole of Grove I suspect would be a revelation; listening to all recorded music would probably be impossible. Any ideas?

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