04 September, 2005

Scraps

A nice rewriting of the 'kill your darlings' advice, by James Buchan in the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday (reviewing Paul Theroux's Blinding Light:

"Theroux has not learned the first law of writing, which is this: if you are particularly proud of a sentence, by all means enjoy it for a day or two, but then you must cross it out, for it is certainly a bad sentence and it will haunt you."

And a small piece of mindblowing stupidity from the letters section of Good Weekend:

"The 'I' in Christ means that without Christ I am nothing; the 'Me' in mercy highlights that showing mercy to those in need is completely up to me."

Hmm, now I'm really wondering about that "i" in "devil" and that "me" in "machine gun".

2 Comments:

Blogger chance said...

I need more machine guns (strictly for protecting the righteous, of course)

04 September, 2005 09:40  
Blogger sdn said...

the i in christ means that it needed a vowel in order to make sense. JEEZ.

04 September, 2005 09:54  

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