Friday, May 24, 2002

unless

"Unless" by Carol Shields:
""little chips of grammar (mostly adverbs or prepositions) that are hard to define, since they are abstractions of location or relative position, words like therefore, else, other, also, thereof, theretofore, instead, otherwise, despite, already and not yet." Yet without these "odd pieces of language" to "cement" together the more colorful, momentous nouns and verbs, we can't "form a coherent narrative."


context weblog:

"The organisers search for the phenomenon's artistic potential. What are actually computer viruses? Who creates them and why? What sort of world is hiding behind these everyday phenomena? "
Even in a Moonscape of Tragedy, Beauty Is in the Eye:

"But Mr. Meyerowitz may have been the only photographer who admitted to looking for beauty. "Anytime I found a person who seemed remarkable to me, I photographed him." One of the most consistent sights at ground zero was the firefighters in their yellow jackets raking the land "like shepherds in a field." One day Mr. Meyerowitz watched a fireman nicknamed Toolie who was just ending his shift but could not stop working. "He picked up a rake," Mr. Meyerowitz said, and began working again. He just wanted to find something. He explained to Mr. Meyerowitz, "We're gardeners in the garden of the dead." "