Linguist, lexicographer, radio host, public speaker

He worked among drunks, drifters, fakes, frauds and the roof-less

“Mitchell’s religion was understatement, which produces clarity and lasts forever. He would have preferred violent death to being caught with wooden phrases. He needed no swearing or bathroom descriptions. Upon discovering somebody who could talk, he put them in chains. He would listen to them, and quote them for pages.”

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Grant Barrett