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.”

“And I can’t escape tears when the outgoing president hymns ‘the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government.'”

Source: A.O. Scott, “A Land Bursting with Hope” (The New York Times)

I’m going to (somewhat) break the rules here; if you don’t have access to the Disney+ version of “Hamilton,” you can catch the scene that inspired the writing above in another format/setting, below:

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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.”

There would be, or might be, a time when the virus is behind us, when we are open again, when we can waft here and there and everywhere, my heathers healthy, glowing in the hill, night falling fast but the plants still beaming, as if they had sucked on some sun and were now stuffed with her light.

Source: Lauren Slater, “Distance May Protect Us From COVID-19. But I Worry About Another Kind of Crisis” (TIME)

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.”

Sometimes it seemed like the truth was a bandy-legged soul who dashed from one side of the world to the other and I could never find him.

Source: James McBride, The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother

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 had done it was his knowing that Dr. Steinberg, merely by his presence, seemed able to answer the questions that no one else could: what the hell is going on, and how do we get out of this?

Source: Philip Roth, Nemesis

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.”

This was the American landscape that lay open to the virus: in prosperous cities, a class of globally connected desk workers dependent on a class of precarious and invisible service workers; in the countryside, decaying communities in revolt against the modern world; on social media, mutual hatred and endless vituperation among different camps; in the economy, even with full employment, a large and growing gap between triumphant capital and beleaguered labor; in Washington, an empty government led by a con man and his intellectually bankrupt party; around the country, a mood of cynical exhaustion, with no vision of a shared identity or future.

Source: George Packer, “Underlying Conditions” (The Atlantic)