February Feature: A “Quip” Interview with Caleb Spalding Atwood

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By Edward S. Garza

A resident of Houston, Caleb Spalding Atwood is the author of Quip Factory: Millions of Quips, Rips, Dingers, Zingers and Barbs. Part thesaurus, part lexical buffet, the book celebrates witticisms and offers myriad ways to create your own. Moreover, 100% of profits contribute to the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).

Before retiring, Atwood worked in labor relations, where his abilities earned him employment at such established organizations as The Detroit News. In addition to his corporate work, he eventually served as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston’s College of Technology. He and I discussed his book, inspirations, and quip tips.

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What were some of the driving forces behind the creation of Quip Factory?

In order to answer this, it’s first necessary to define “quips.” Most people think “quip” is just another name for a “joke.” That’s understandable because incongruity is the key to both. They differ in that the objective of jokes is to get laughs while the objective of quips is to express opinions and get people to understand, think, act or react to them. Continue reading