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Commas in The New Yorker fall with the precision of knives in a circus... Video
Commas in The New Yorker fall with the precision of knives in a circus act, outlining the victim.
White, Elwyn Brooks
He picked out this sentence in a New Yorker casual of mine: "After dinner, the men moved into the living room," and he wanted to know why I, or the editors, had put in the comma. I could explain that one all night. I wrote back that this particular comma was Ross's way of giving the men time to push back their chairs and stand up.
Once victim, always victim -- that's the law!
Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt.
Sympathy for victims is always counter-balanced by an equal and opposite feeling of resentment towards them.
The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance.
To watch this crystal globe just sent from heaven to associate with me. While these clouds and this somber drizzling weather shut all in, we two draw nearer and know one another. The gathering in of the clouds with the last rush and dying breath of the wind, and then the regular dripping of twigs and leaves the country over, the impression of inward comfort and Sociableness, the drenched stubble and trees that drop beads on you as you pass, their dim outline seen through the rain on all sides drooping in sympathy with yourself. These are my undisputed territory. This is Nature's English comfort.
Henry David Thoreau
Still falls the rain -- dark as the world of man, black as our loss -- blind as the nineteen hundred and forty nails upon the Cross.
Dame Edith Sitwell
Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
I have become rather like King Midas, except that everything turns not into gold but into a circus.
Remaining character count: 500
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