Disaffected Prep

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Sentences of the Week

Some bros collect pretty fashion pictures and put em on their tumblrs.

Not my wheelhouse.  Instead, I nerd out and collect sentences.

My favorites from an admittedly scattered reading this past week:

"We had our mountain lion, Curtis, with us; we snuck him into the Four Seasons in his cage and locked him in our bathroom."
 -Slash by Slash

First off, Slash has a mountain lion. Secondly he brought the mountain lion into a Four Seasons Hotel (was the Mandarin booked?), and lastly, said mountain lion is named Curtis.  It's such a respectable, adorable name - who wouldn't name their mountain lion Curtis!  Carlton works as a good mountain lion name too, I think.

"We do not admit by collisions of this trivial sort the doors of heaven may be shaken open."
-Howards End by E.M. Forster

Gorgeous language and beautiful sentences throughout H.E. - though thankfully it never skirts into the affected territory, which is a tough line to balance.  The above is a perfect example of a powerful sentiment expressed concisely.

He got into nails, of course,
because He'd always loved
hands were some of the best things
He'd ever done
and this way He could just
hold one in His
and admire those delicate
bones just above the knuckles,
delicate as birds' wings,
and after He'd done that
He could paint all the nails
any color He wanted,
then say,
and mean it.
-"God Went to Beauty School" by Cynthia Rylant

Just do yourself a favor and read the whole poem, it's that good.

[On the Park Slope Coop being worse than Socialism:] “Because at least in a socialist country, if you know the right people, you can get out of it.”

New York Schadenfeude doesn't just extend to bankers; the Park Slope Food Coop is always a terrific target.  The latest uproar? Allegations that some coop members are sending their nannies to fulfill the 2 hour and 45 minute monthly work requirement. Quelle Horreur!

Indeed other blogs seem to complicate matters such as to oversimplify them along the lines of saying the man who pushes an old woman into an on-coming bus and the man who pushes an old woman out of the way of an on-coming bus are just two men who push old women around.

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