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How To Write A Sentence: And How to Read One (Harper Collins, 2011) is a new book by Stanley Fish. Conrad snippeted from it:

[Sentences] promise nothing less than lessons and practice in the organization of the world. That is what language does: organize the world into manageable, and in some sense artificial, units that can then be inhabited and manipulated. If you can write a sentence in which actors, actions, and objects are related to one another in time, space, mood, desires, fears, causes, and effects, and if your specification of those relationships is delineated with a precision that communicates itself to your intended reader, you can, by extrapolation and expansion, write anything: a paragraph, an argument, an essay, a treatise, a novel. (7-8)

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  1. Heh, no less complicated than high school creative writing class, as I remember it…which can be dangerous at times lately…

  2. cool.
    the ‘engines of thought’ idea

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