Sentences

Alan Jacobs, Wayfaring: Essays Pleasant and Unpleasant (Eerdmans, 2010), page 3:

I may not be much of a writer, but I do like sentences; indeed I love them, and think about them a lot–shockingly often, really. I am one of the few remaining Americans blessed with the opportunity to walk to and from work each day, and as I walk I am likely to be rolling sentences around in my head. I have even stopped listening to This American Life on my iPod, the better to facilitate concentration. Sometimes, when I want extra time to consider my options–the walk is only about fifteen minutes–I take a detour to Starbucks. I enjoy the coffee, but I’m really just prolonging my commute for the sake of the sentences.

2 thoughts on “Sentences

  1. Sentences, thinking about how to put knowledge, observations, and summaries in communicable forms that the individual can digest is a challenge which stirs the soul. Long sentences and short sentences and not so many of these mediocre sentences of 12-15 words is what my teacher of English Composition in High School, Mr. LaCroix, demanded of us some 55 years ago. His demands were shrewd guidelines. Rare delights! Profound insights!

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