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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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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.”

My parents kept some of their profits in the bank, donated a portion to the church, and wired another percentage to relatives in Vietnam, who periodically mailed us thin letters thick with trouble, summed up for me by my mother to the tune of no food and no money, no school and no hope.

Source: Viet Thanh Nguyen, “War Years,” in The Refugees

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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.”

When I wrote my first essay for Martin’s class I got an A, which back in the dark ages of the mid-1990s was not the baseline grade of acceptability, and actually meant exceptional.

Source: Rebecca Schuman’s Schadenfreude, A Love Story: Me, the Germans, and 20 Years of Attempted Transformations, Unfortunate Miscommunications, and Humiliating Situations that Only They Have Words For.

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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.”

Like peeling the skin off an animal still alive.

Source: Lisa Mecham’s “Under the Stars: Remaking a Family” (Catapult)

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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.”

We are here to keep watch, not to keep.

Source: Kathryn Schulz, “When Things Go Missing” (The New Yorker)

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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 Israeli dilemma: Which alternative is the greater existential danger?

Source: Yossi Klein Halevi, “How Israelis See the Settlements” (The Wall Street Journal). (Photo: cover image for Yossi Klein Halevi’s Like Dreamers, which I am currently reading.)

 

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