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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.”

Perhaps, half a century on, in our own troubled time, we can appropriate that benediction as the resonant lesson of a brutal age.

Source: Jon Meacham, “50 Years After 1968, We Are Still Living in Its Shadow” (TIME)

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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.”

In some places they say when volcanoes
erupt, they spew out dense and monumental
as stones the skulls of desaparecidos
—the disappeared ones.

Source: Olive Senior, “Brief Lives” (from Gardening in the Tropics)

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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.”

A comparison might be made between Gary and his good friend and admirer Albert Camus: both were outsiders, the Eastern European Jew and the Algerian; both were resisters (though Camus’s war was nowhere near as heroic as Gary’s); and both spoke up for the particular and against the abstract, following the hope, embedded in the French vocabulary, that the word humain could stand for both the human and the humane.

Source: “The Made-Up Man” by Adam Gopnik (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.”

I do not know the words to describe such agony, and I do not wish to learn them.

Source: Khizr Khan, An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice

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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.”

True, too, that most of us voted for Brexit and therefore cannot be sure if we will need a complicated visa to enter the Lazy River come next summer.

Source: Zadie Smith, “The Lazy River” (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 only people who like you are invisible.”

Source: Leah Silverman, “Testimony” (Lunch Ticket)

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