Archives for January 2011
So avoid using the word very because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys: to woo women. And in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.
Dead Poet’s Society
Photo by Samuel H. Gottscho (via)
I’ve never thought of writing as the mere arrangement of words on the page but the attempted embodiment of a vision; a complex of emotions; raw experience. The effort of memorable art is to evoke in the reader or spectator emotions appropriate to that effort.
Joyce Carol Oates, The Faith of a Writer (via)
Launch of the Frank J. Hecker. St. Clair, Michigan. September 2, 1905. Via Shorpy.
J.D. Salinger, 1952. (via WSJ)
Martin Lewis, “Late Traveler” (1949) (via)