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 www.radiolab.org.)

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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Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.

  • Bob D

    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.

  • Cheryl Russell

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

  • Rick Ro.

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