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Sunday Sentence

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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 triple track means that bakers, pastry-makers, and pastry chefs live in an atmosphere of mutual recrimination and suspicion, the blurred lines between them leading each to think that he is the real sweetmaker, the others mere attendants—more or less the way comp-lit, English, and women’s-studies departments all make simultaneous bad-tempered claims on Virginia Woolf.

Source: Adam Gopnik, “Bakeoff” (The New Yorker)

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  1. Funny, I saw this last week as well, and had to read it a couple of times to make sure I wasn’t misreading its tone. To me, the choice of the words “bad-tempered” transformed an otherwise amusing exercise in compare and contrast into a plain old sexist bash that felt a little “bad-tempered” itself. But maybe I’m just not good-tempered enough to get the joke.

  2. The cover art in this issue of the “New Yorker” is a masterpiece.

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