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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.”

One January evening a few years ago, just before the beginning of the spring term in which I was going to be teaching an undergraduate seminar on the Odyssey, my father, a retired computer scientist who was then eighty-one, asked me, for reasons I thought I understood at the time, if he could sit in on the course, and I said yes.

Source: Daniel Mendesohn’s “An Odyssey” (The New Yorker). And I’ll break the rules with some commentary: There are so many “Sunday-sentence” sentences here. I finally gave up trying to select one and chose the very first.

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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.”

The baby is unspoiled and perfect and doesn’t need to know anything about a lack of direction in life or family crises or inappropriate sexual partner choices.

Source: Jami Attenberg’s All Grown Up

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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.”

He bowed slightly and said, “I think you are describing my son.”

Source: Judy Bolton-Fasman, “Khizr Khan Reflects on America’s Future” (JewishBoston.com)

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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.”

He left the car, and she took his hand and led him up the stairs, and he has remained there, with her, ever since.

Source: Taffy Brodesser-Akner, “Apostates Anonymous” (the title in print)/“The High Price of Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Life” (the title online), The New York Times Magazine

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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.”

What good are arguments at all?

Source: Okla Elliott’s “The Idiot’s Faith,” presented in a memorial post to Mr. Elliott on As It Ought To Be.

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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.”

I had an immediate vision of a long line of people stretching from Fortieth Street, where my publishing house stands, down to the Bowery—five hundred thousand people, each one hugging a copy of “The Aristocracy of the Spirit World,” each one demanding the return of his or her two dollars and fifty cents.

Source: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The I.O.U.” (The New Yorker)

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