The Palindromist Manifesto

Yes, you can write palindromes. And you won't really enjoy them until you do.

That quirky intuitive leap - hah! - when you "get" a new palindrome, the luxury of savoring a masterpiece: these are just pale shadows of how you'll feel when that palindrome is yours.

Forget your crossword puzzles, anagrams, Scrabble and poems. Those are the minor leagues, mere training wheels. Palindromy is the Master Game - the purest, least forgiving use of language. As great a writer as James Thurber lost his mind trying -- but one perfect sentence will make you immortal. Out here on the perimeter, there are no stars.

Your logic, knowledge and graduate degrees won't help you. Your only tools are wit, a sense of humor, and obsession. The first step is easy. Many thousands have independently thought "Stop pots" while looking at a traffic sign, or mused about the significance of "dog" being God's mirror image. Anyone who pushes further is already a palindromist.

The journey climbs steeply, but so do the rewards. Stay focused in your struggle. Keep your palindromes short unless they really do make some kind of sense. Always look for the humor, even if you can't explain it. Forget obscure rivers, initials, Finnish lye merchants, and odd names (unless they belong to friends of yours.) And for Dog's sake speak in complete sentences. Anything less is just a fragment you should save for future use.

Join us in the pages of the Palindromist to compare notes, tell tales and present your triumphs. There are a lot more of us than you think. And we've got some palindromes to write.

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