Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Turns of phrase …

… Columbia University Press — An Interview with Jenny Davidson, author of Reading Style: A Life in Sentences. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

 George Eliot is a good bad writer, and so is Lionel Shriver: in the case of each of these authors, there is a kind of muscular intellectual force that bludgeons you and impresses itself on you at one and the same time. The sentences are often slightly cringe-worthy, but it is in aid of a greater good. 
I wonder what Lionel would have to say about that.

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