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Inhabitated is what the man said

May 7th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“The sentence, with its narrow typographical confines, is a lonely place, the loneliest place for a writer, and the temptation for the writer to get out of one sentence as soon as possible and get going on the next sentence is entirely understandable. In fact, the conditions in just about any sentence soon enough become (shall we admit it?) claustrophobic, inhospitable, even hellish. But too often our habitual and hasty breaking away from one sentence to another results in sentences that remain undeveloped parcels of literary real estate, sentences that do not feel fully inhabitated and settled in by language.” – Gary Lutz, “The Sentence Is a Lonely Place”

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  • 1 Averil Dean // May 7, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    That word is inhabitated by an extra syllable for good measure.

  • 2 Tetman Callis // May 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Lutz is a many of may interesting words.

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