How to Write a New Sentence

14 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous January 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm .

    Lyle ..<br /><br />you<br />&quot;missed the point&quot;<br /><br />and I betchuh those rude DOLTS at that table<br />never ever have &quot;gotten&quot; ANY point!<br /><br />all of the bombs, the napalm, the germs dropped on the dirt-floor huts and make-shift tables in those villages in The Nam, or in … London or Takeet ..<br /><br />well<br /><br />it really WASN&#39;T about that Rage-ing

  2. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett January 25, 2011 at 5:52 am .

    And Processed Pasteurized Cheese Food means: it isn&#39;t food.<br /><br />That&#39;s a freaky-spooky story about the guy showing up at a reading with a knife.<br /><br />At an open mike I used to frequent (late 1990&#39;s) at a bar in downtown Minneapolis, one evening one of the readers (a guy who showed up regularly each week) apparently became irritated with a couple of people sitting at a

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous January 24, 2011 at 5:18 pm .

    hell<br /><br />nothing tastes the same!<br /><br />even eating artificial poontang ain&#39;t got that real flavor anymore…<br /> as I re:call <br /><br />-guess whom.

  4. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison January 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm .

    I can&#39;t remember whose lines these are, Ed, but:<br /><br />Real Butter Flavor<br />means<br />there&#39;s no<br />real butter in it

  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous January 24, 2011 at 5:07 pm .

    bottom line?<br /><br />it s all about daily have-ing<br />a decent bowel movement<br /><br />without tht jug of Unsweetened Prune Juice!<br /><br />hell<br /><br />just try to find<br /><br />Unsweetened Prune Juice<br /> anywhere!<br /><br />what ypu&#39;ll find is <br />real prune juice way down on the list..<br /><br />after water, sugar, apple

  6. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison January 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm .

    Some learn How To Join A Club at approximately age 2. Silliman and Bernstein must have. The trick is how to resign from the Club. The best of the Surrealists resigned, as did the best Objectivists; the best New York poets resigned as soon as the Club&#39;s name was announced. It&#39;s the ones who hang on, polishing their secret handshakes and singing the old Club songs, that end up so sad. Here

  7. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker January 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm .

    I 2oo am at-this-moment into that Twain Auto..<br />..and some other things..<br />am<br />just past Grant&#39;s reply to that critic/publisher..<br /><br />and into his (Twain&#39;s) London cabbie &quot;stuff&quot;<br /><br />I think that one should only go to school <br />to learn &quot;stuff&quot; that one cannot learn on their own…<br /><br />like<br />how to change a washer in a toilet<

  8. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison January 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm .

    I&#39;m still reading Twain&#39;s Autobiography—slowly, as the long, beautiful sentences require—but plan to re-read Huck after I&#39;m done. If we included humaneness as a crucial aspect of judging literature, Huck would be at the top of the American list. It may be, anyway. And certain darlings of the Academy wouldn&#39;t be on the list at all….

  9. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett January 24, 2011 at 4:09 am .

    &quot;The rich are different from you and me.&quot;<br /><br />&quot;Yeah, they&#39;ve got more theories.&quot;<br /><br />*<br /><br />Haven&#39;t ever read much of Henry James. However–<br /><br />The past couple of weeks I&#39;ve been reading (re-reading) <i>Huckleberry Finn</i>, in part in the aftermath of the recent stir about the &quot;revised&quot; edition that some professor out there

  10. Anonymous
    Anonymous January 23, 2011 at 4:27 pm .

    maybe it is just<br />that &#39;thinking&#39; makes &#39;it&#39; so?<br />or<br />as Breton said/wrote:<br /><br />&quot;the imaginary is what tends to become real&quot; ?<br /><br />one learns &quot;the Rules&quot;<br />and then if one ONE can<br />dumbs them overboard…<br /><br />sometimes<br />it s not so easy<br />being yourself/myself<br /><br />(I&#39;m doing my dambdead to re:turn to

  11. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison January 23, 2011 at 5:36 am .

    I&#39;ve got Fish&#39;s book on order, too, Conrad. Though well-formed sentences are abundant; we just think, or have been taught to think, that every jump-cut takes us closer to the Real. But maybe it&#39;s the flow that matters. Not that all flows are smooth and Jamesian. One of my favorites is Wright Morris, now all but forgotten, though he could write a plain but supple sentence that might

  12. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker January 23, 2011 at 12:52 am .

    I&#39;m &#39;inhaling&#39;<br />Mallarme in Prose<br /><br />so to add a &quot;third&quot; YEAH!<br /><br />not only the razor but the honing strop (strap) to<br />sharpen every syllable…<br /><br />ever hear that sound that &quot;ping&quot; when the razor<br />met the strap?<br /><br />same &quot;sound&quot; a proper word makes in a proper sentence.. a ring-of-truth;

  13. Issa's Untidy Hut
    Issa's Untidy Hut January 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm .

    I&#39;m going to second Conrad here in that I&#39;ve just read 4 short stories by Henry James from his middle period and the well-formed sentence just raises you right up.

  14. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato January 22, 2011 at 9:25 pm .

    I love Stanley Fish, especially his &quot;Is There a Text in This Class? The Authority of Interpretive Communities&quot;.<br /><br />I&#39;m reading Wilkie Collins at the moment, and my god! what a refreshingly lovely change from the butchered deviscerated prose out there.I&#39;m not saying let&#39;s all write like Victorians: but how about a little respect for a well-formed sentence.<br /><br />

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: