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Favorite Sentences

Favorite Sentences: Underneath the Sun and Above Time

Favorite Sentences: Underneath the Sun and Above Time

By Jessica Harris Mattie rocked her out of that bed, out of that room, into a blue vastness just underneath the sun and above time. She rocked her over Aegean seas so clean they shone like crystal, so clear the fresh blood of sacrificed babies […]

A Contemplation: The Center Will Not Hold

A Contemplation: The Center Will Not Hold

By Emily Moses   I’ve offered to write about Joan Didion and, as I sit here, watching The Center Will Not Hold for the fourth time in half as many weeks, I regret my offer. I am not sure what I thought I would find […]

Favorite Sentences: I Must Lie Down Where All the Ladders Start

Favorite Sentences: I Must Lie Down Where All the Ladders Start

By Nick Chhoeun I must break the rule slightly because the sentence that stuck out to me when thinking about my favorite sentence is actually two lines from the poem The Circus Animals’ Desertion by W.B Yeats. The lines are, I must lie down where […]

Favorite Sentences: So That I Would No Longer Be Afraid

Favorite Sentences: So That I Would No Longer Be Afraid

By Sylvia Jones   Norma, I did it by doing the things I was afraid of doing so that I would no longer be afraid. This is my favorite sentence in literature. It comes from Sandra Cisneros’ essay “A House of My Own” and appears […]

Favorite Sentences: You Have to Swallow the World

Favorite Sentences: You Have to Swallow the World

By Karen Keating After reading Vince Granata’s exquisite dissection of his favorite sentence, I felt inspired to revisit my own favorites, to examine them with the keen eye and grammatical astuteness of an MFA student, to marvel at their structural prowess, at their rhythmic delights. […]

Favorite Sentences: My Happiness Will Remain

Favorite Sentences: My Happiness Will Remain

By Vince Granata I don’t love how my favorite sentence became my favorite sentence. In fact, this origin story embarrasses me so much that I almost skipped sharing it. When I was a senior in college, a girl I was trying to date had a […]