Say It Again: A Book of Misquotations


edited by Kirsten Irving and Jon Stone

Why a book of misquotations? Because what’s captured in Say It Again is the jittery, jumbled essence of truth: that wisdom and edict alike are constantly customised, iterated, adjusted. Nothing stays the same. Here are gathered the sage words of philosophers, statesmen, artists and authors alongside proverbs, sayings and scripture – all distorted with varying degrees of deliberation.

100pp, ISBN 978-1-909560-29-1

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The Hipflask Series is an improvised dance of unusual forms and genres, played out across four collaborative, pocket-sized collections. Each book comprises a selection of written works that skirt close to (or cross the border into) poetic composition, revealing the dynamic relationship between poetry and other written forms.

The major theme of each is extrapolated from one or other of these key aspects of modern poetry – play, appropriation, subtext and conflict – but the result is a series that occupies its own strange niche: mutant miscellanies, oddball assortments. Good for a nip or a shot or a long, deep swig.

Quotations are used to motivate, intimidate, compel, amuse and persuade. But perhaps the quotations themselves need a little manipulation. This curious, critical, playful volume whips away carefully arranged context and sees what happens when well-known words become a little less familiar. We’re saying all the right things, but not necessarily in the right order.


Anthony Adler, Adam Crothers, Z. R. Ghani, Giles Goodland, Rab Green, Maija Haavisto, Norbert Hirschhorn, Ralph La Rosa, Claire Orchard, Astra Papachristodoulou, Lawrence Schimel, Paul Stephenson, Helen Sulis Bowie, Tiffany Anne Tondut, Dila Toplusoy, Mike West, Dylan Willoughby

Say It Again: A Book of Misquotations is one of four books in the Headbooks series. For hidden messages, love-hate stories and games to play, explore the full set.