Category: best sentence i’ve read all week

an intellectual juggling with words

Among the so called neurotics of our day there are a good many who in other ages would not have been neurotic–that is, divided against themselves. If they had lived in a period and in a milieu in which man was still linked by myth with the world of the ancestors, and thus with nature truly experienced and not merely seen from outside, they would have been spared the division with themselves. I am speaking of those who cannot tolerate the loss of myth and who can neither find a way to a merely exterior world, to the world as seen by science, nor rest satisfied with an intellectual juggling with words, which has nothing whatsoever to do with wisdom.

best sentence i’ve read all week

“Worldview:  I don’t know. . . I live in a much too sheltered environment to know how screwed up the world really is, and I am way to0 criticizable to criticize others.”

–Surfer Ryan Burch, age 20, Cadiff-by-the-Sea, California, interviewed in the November 2009 issue of Surfer

Best sentences I’ve read all week

Yeah, the hell with money. But I would use it for good things. We’ve been so many places where so little would go so far. What if we built a soccer field right up to the sand in that small village just to the north of Playa El Zonte? But then my friends would be mad if I spent it all on soccer fields. No they wouldn’t. Give them all huge birthday gifts. Or just fly them places.

–From “Notes on the Silence” by Spencer Klein

the best sentence i’ve read all week: tao lin

“i see journalists being at their computers late at night emailing their editors ‘the lede of this article will grab people immediately and in a refreshingly bloggable manner, increasing the hits of the huffington post while fitting excitingly into the broader meme of generation y’s increasingly relevant expressions of ennui, post elizabeth wurtzel depression, and pre obama optimism post 9/11; highly twitterable, specifically relevant to the lucrative 18 to 24 demographic, and image-based enough to get significantly reblogged re tumblr, i believe this would make a viral-ready article and would like to request more space in order to include a photograph and an in-depth analysis of lin’s role in mainstream society'”

— tao lin, “i desecrated my body to promote my literary career”