In his preface to this volume, Roger Angell calls Allan Miller “the Dr. Leakey of the two-way whatsit.” We realize that the world of palindrome is probably a bit circumscribed, defined by a narrow band of fanatics who find as much satisfaction in a gem like “Sununu’s tonsil is not Sununu’s” as the civilized would in the discovery of a new planet. But this is a book for both the aficionado and the beginner, a delightful compendium of “a furtive collection of letters which, weirdly and all on its own, resembles itself perfectly when looked at from the other end.”
Expanding on the possibilities inherent in Miller’s often dotty combinations are the dashing and madcap drawings of Lee Lorenz, cartoonist for the past art editor of The New Yorker.
This little book is meant to be fun, but it also serves a higher purpose. We’re not entirely sure what that purpose is, but as the author observes, “Our Muse looks after her own: Revere Her Ever.”