Good writing is about much more than a slick sentence or smart turn of phrase. Yet sometimes a turn can be so impressive that it knocks you out of your chair. Here are a few I ran across this week.

It's the sort of place [hotel] bankers stay because they think it's where the artists stay. -- Michael Lewis writing in Vanity Fair

[Freedom] means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.
-- David Foster Wallace, speaking to Kenyon College graduates in 2005

the narcissism of small differences -- Jason Zengerle writing in The New York Times Magazine

And for good measure, a morsel of diction that didn't do it for me:

... protecting the existing biosphere is not as important as fighting more repugnant evils like war, poverty and unemployment. -- from The New York Times Magazine

Are there varying degrees of evil, let alone degrees of repugnant evils? Or is an evil just that--period?


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AuthorDavid Wolman