I have never been so in love with, and, frankly aroused by, the basic sentence as in the immediate hours after reading:
THE SENTENCE IS A LONELY PLACE: A LECTURE DELIVERED BY THE SHORT-STORY WRITER GARY LUTZ TO THE STUDENTS OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY’S WRITING PROGRAM IN NEW YORK ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2008
DISCUSSED: The Forlornities of Life, Overliteral Pronunciation, Books as Props, Books as Reliquaries, The Scrunch and Flump of Consonants... Narratives of Steep Verbal Topography...Consummated Language....
If your sentences don't get a bang from this, it's only because you're stupid or afraid of being smart. (Or your sex life is in jeopardy.)
Off to write the best sentence of my life, or, the fallback -- try to think in complete sentences while enjoying my husband's better qualities.
Read the whole essay. Immediately write a sentence that's not about sex, doesn't have any sexual content, and yet.... Post it if you'd like.
P.S. If you've any idea why this essay is so, well, sexy, please tell me. Please do not tell me that this essay is not sexy. That would make one of us weird. Achem, and I know it's not me.
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