Every weekend I participate in David Abrams’s “#SundaySentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

Use as an example the idea of instructions as a prompt, explain that someone—a writer you admire—originally wrote a story (several stories, actually) that took the form of instructions, or a how-to (avoid naming her name, for the sake of propriety).

Source: David Means, “The Depletion Prompts” (The New Yorker; for Means’s own commentary on this short story, go here.)

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