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My word for this is “awesome.”

It’s a mesmerizing film by Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante, made to accompany Radiolab’s “Words” episode on NPR. (For more info, visit

It took me a minute to figure out exactly what’s going on in this video, but when I picked up on it, it became a lot of fun.

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  1. Rick Ro.
    August 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm — Reply

    Nicely put together. Beautiful imagery. I wonder how they chose their list of words.

  2. Cheryl Russell
    August 12, 2010 at 9:45 am — Reply

    It took me a few seconds to figure it out, but when I did…awesome. Really well done. 🙂

  3. Bob D
    August 12, 2010 at 9:58 am — Reply

    Good enough to watch a second time to pick up what I initially missed. I think this piece is successful not only because of the concept but also due to the editing. You’re given just enough time in each cut for the recognition and then it moves on.

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet

Novelist and critic Jeffrey Overstreet teaches writing (Seattle Pacific University) and film studies (Northwest University and Houston Baptist University). He's written a memoir of moviegoing and faith (Through a Screen Darkly, Baker, 2007) and a fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors (The Auralia Thread, Random House, 2007-11). He's worked since 2001 as a film critic and columnist at Christianity Today, and he's been a regular contributor to Image, Paste, and Christ & Pop Culture. His writing has been recognized by The New Yorker and The Seattle Times. He regularly speaks at universities, conferences, and churches in the U.S. and abroad. Want to invite him to teach or speak? Email