Stylish sentences

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.” “A precious performance, Blaine had called it, in that gently forbearing tone he used when they talked about novels, as though he was sure that she, with a little
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Eating the archives

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.” “(The genealogist lost in the archives was discovered) almost miraculously, after a week, starving, thirsty, exhausted, delirious, having survived thanks to  the desperate measure of ingesting enormous quantities of
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About a Girl: To ‘Liesel’ in Gaza

Of all of the images of the destruction being visited upon Gaza and Israel, why did the picture of a girl retrieving her books from the rubble stop me cold? The image was originally posted, as far as I can tell, by the Palestinian Information Center soon after Israel’s bombing began. As the world knows,
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Sunday sentence

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.” “(Vampires) are back now, after all — raised from the grave with the voodoo of paleogenetics, stitched together from junk genes and fossil marrow steeped in the blood of sociopaths
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Sunday sentence

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.” “On maps, (the Bone Road) was marked by sailors’ skulls, wide-mouthed monsters, mermaids with ice-white hair and the deep black eyes of seals.” Siege and Storm (Book #2 in
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Honoring a torture architect

Of course, John Yoo has a right to speak in support of torture. Of course, students should be allowed to listen — or not — to his arguments and make up their own minds. But a university should not be honoring a torture architect with an endowed faculty chair. But that’s exactly what Boalt Law School
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Sunday sentence

  “Nothing that lived or breathed was truly objective — even in a vacuum, even if all that possessed the brain was a self-immolating desire for the truth.” Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation   Related articles Review: Annihilation, Jeff Vandermeer The Big Idea: Jeff VanderMeer Jeff VanderMeer’s ANNIHILATION: Addictive New Weird!
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July 11 bonfires

A great photo of the bonfires that appeared in the Belfast Telegraph, taken from Cave Hill.   Related articles Gerry Adams effigy hangs from loyalist bonfire in N. Ireland (PHOTOS) In Pictures: Twelfth of July bonfires across Northern Ireland
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Sunday sentence

“I think you ought to try to forget about your leg.” Jane Gardam, The Queen of the Tambourine Related articles Lauren Collins: At home with Jane Gardam. The Stories by Jane Gardam, review Jane Gardam on Her Books, Which Capture a Greater Britain The Queen of the Tambourine ‘The Stories of Jane Gardam’: 28 jewels
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Sunday sentence

The best sentence I read this week: …And in the middle of the circle of children, like the object of some arcane ritual, there hovered a bomb, its downward facing tip seemingly balanced on Adam’s outstretched finger. Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs   Related articles Miss. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
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