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This Week in Great Sentences


America washes ashore like cultural driftwood in countries like this one. The locals wear and digest it like an imported non sequitur as they walk through an absurdist landscape that used to be their homeland.


Henry Rollins, “Good News: The World is Finally Flat,” Vanity Fair, 11/12, on the occasion of seeing a woman in a Black Flag T shirt walking around the slums of Jakarta.


Being an enthusiastic coughstucker myself, I would someday like to ask Henry if it was the insulting delivery of the word, or the subtext of gayness that the word implies that angered him most? Seeing as how our department is gleefully R-rated in much of its casual discourse, it’s hard to know.

Hank Stuever, “Coughstucker,” Hank Stuever’s blog, 11/4, on the recent Washington Post Style section fisticuffs


Gold recommended what he called “the winciest dish in town: a sharp, glistening steel skewer stabbed through thin coins of meat sliced from a bull penis, which bubble and hiss when they encounter the heart of the fire, sizzling from proud quarters to wizened, chewy dimes.

Dana Goodyear, quoting Jonathan Gold, “The Scavenger,” New Yorker, 11/9


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.

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