This Week in Great Sentences

It gets you out of the car and into the air that this week is drunk with the aroma of Confederate jasmine.

~David Lauderdale, Beaufort Tree Walk gives preservation efforts deep roots, Island Packet, 5/12/09

David once worked in the same building as Arthur Sulzberger Jr. at The Raleigh Times (a paper mentioned in this telling but honest-in-its-pessimism Vanity Fair piece last month), a scrappy energetic former paper in a great news town whose building has since, fittingly, been turned into a bar. David’s a solid reporter-turned-columnist who dabbles in that particular Pat Conroy ability to invoke the presence of tall Lowcountry oaks and sleepy spanish moss into his writing.

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We won’t leave behind much in the way of original scholarship or art, but future anthropologists will (kindly, one hopes) take note of how slavishly we tended to a garden of sequels, prequels, adaptations, remakes and reboots. It was all we talked about.

~Hank Stuever, The Trouble with Quibbles, Washington Post, 5/11/09

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