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D C-T! by Joana Avillez and Molly Young

D C-T!

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D C-T! by Joana Avillez and Molly Young
May 01, 2018 | ISBN 9780525558057

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“What does it mean to be a city person? Or, more specifically, a New Yorker? Some would say you need to have lived here for 10-plus years, whereas others think the requirement starts at birth…I’d like to suggest that the real tell of a New Yorker is whether or not they’re able to decipher all the coded messages inside this clever, funny, beautifully wrought new book.” –Nylon

“The book is ostensibly about life in New York but otherwise slightly uncategorizable: it’s part comic book, part ethnography, part love letter.” –

“Visually and textually witty … [a] breezy charmer.” —Publishers Weekly

D C-T! is an ILU to NYC. Avillez and Young chronicle its everyday exploits with whimsy and clear-eyed love. Their adaptation of William Steig’s alphabet-soup cipher invites you to linger, to meander, to look at both language and New York City with a child-like, hand-clapping wonder. “S A P-N” (‘It’s a paean’) reads the first sentence, and it is: to language, to playfulness, and to the city that never sleeps. By the end of this delightful book, everyone will feel like a native of this wild, lovely C-T.” —Kory Stamper, lexicographer and editor for Merriam-Webster, author of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

“New York City is never finished. It is forever being remade and reinvented. In D C-T!, Joana Avillez and Molly Young become its latest inventors, and do so with style and wit. Welcome to The City. You won’t have seen it like this before.” —Gay Talese, author of New York: A Serendipiter’s Journey
“In the style of William Steig’s classic CDB! and CDC? except (is it possible?) even better.”—Will Shortz, Crossword Editor, The New York Times
“Can you come up with a bon mot while watching rats scurry in a pile of garbage? Molly Young and Joana Avillez can, breathing the true spirit of life in the big C-T in this hilarious collection of cartoon puzzles. The knowing details and clever use of language made me explode with laughter. Having to work to get to that Eureka moment only makes these witty cartoons even funnier.” —Françoise Mouly, Art Editor, The New Yorker
D C-T! is truly pure and cleverly created joy. As a train operator in the NYC subway system I found myself laughing out loud at the truly recognizable realities of our great city—from a subway car full of available seats to city rats—in this aphoristic composition of gut-felt giggles.” —George Kmeck, MTA NYC Transit Train Operator, W, N, and D lines

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