pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs
Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs is a pangrammatic novel: twenty-six chapters of twenty-six sentences, each sentence containing every letter of the alphabet. With a pangrammatic foreword and afterword, this collaborative work takes a literary constraint beyond the nth degree to the outer limits of the lexicon.
“It’s not every day that you come across a new literary constraint. Tom Jenks’ and Catherine Vidler’s pangrammatic novel pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs presents the reader with twenty-six chapters of twenty-six sentences, each sentence a pangram, along with a foreword and afterword that follow the same rules. If it sounds zany it is, and it gets zanier — the novel is not written by Jenks and Vidler at all, but by fez-wearing writer and Highland aquatint artist Jock Ravishment, and from its opening sequence involving airship disaster and alien abduction to its closing lines it doesn’t let up for a moment, fizzing and popping at every sentence. If you want to experience the pure exhilaration of Oulipian writing in English, look no further — this is a book Georges Perec would have been proud of, its weird twisted sentences mixing and blending the arcane with contemporary ideolects, reminiscent of Perec’s own e-less novel, La Disparition”
— Philip Terry
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