Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory - Roy Blount Jr.
Under a multitude of keywords, Blount expounds and kids around about words and language. He certainly has a vivid way of expressing himself, and an eye for good (or bad) quotations from the newspapers. Some of it is pet-peevish, but mostly not. He has a particular preoccupation with how words sound, and tries to connect their sound to their sense.