Topic Sentence Selections

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By Guan Un

Several Short Sentences about Writing

Verlyn Klinkenborg

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"Soon, you’ll grasp that sentences originate and take their endless variety from within you, from your reading, your tactile memory for rhythms, your sense of the playfulness at the heart of the language, your perception of the world."

Thus Was Adonis Murdered

Sarah L Caudwell


“His hair and eyes looked blacker than ever, his complexion paler; his fingertips too were slightly blackened from flicking through damp newsprint: he looked like an invitation card for a rather frivolous wake.”

Trail of Lightning, Volume 1

Rebecca Roanhorse

$27.99 $25.75

"The perfect shatters."

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process

John McPhee

$15.00 $13.80

"Then I went back to my own writing, my own inability to get going until five in the afternoon, my animal sense of being hunted, my resemblance to the sand of Gibraltar."

The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Angela Carter

$17.00 $15.64

"I remember how, that night, I lay awake in the wagon—lit in a tender, delicious ecstasy of excitement, my burning cheek pressed against the impeccable linen of the pillow and the pounding of my heart mimicking that of the great pistons ceaselessly thrusting the train that bore me through the night, away from Paris, away from girlhood, away from the white, enclosed quietude of my mother’s apartment, into the unguessable country of marriage."

Lenny's Book of Everything

Karen Foxlee

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"She must have noticed all the perfectness from the bus window because she couldn’t afford the cab fare: Second Street, glinting and shimmering in the heat, and ponderous summer clouds sweeping their shadows over the sunbaking cars, the marigolds growing in the park, children eating ice-creams."

A Place to Live: And Other Selected Essays of Natalia Ginzburg

Natalia Ginzburg


"Now we are truly adult, we think, stunned that this is what being adult means, nothing at all like what we thought it meant as children, certainly not self-confidence, certainly not a serene mastery over all worldly things."

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Three Tenant Families

Walker Evans and James Agee

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"In this same instant the young man froze, the emblems of sense in his wild face wide open toward me, his right hand stiff toward the girl who, after a few strides, her consciousness overtaking her reflex, shambled to a stop and stood, not straight but sick, as if hung from a hook in the spine of the will not to fall for weakness ..."

The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories

Sarah Orne Jewett

$6.95 $6.39

"There was a patient look on the old man’s face, as if the world were a great mistake and he had nobody with whom to speak his own language or find companionship."

The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World

Lewis Hyde

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"The true commerce of art is a gift exchange, and where that commerce can proceed on its own terms we shall be heirs to the fruits of gift exchange: in this case, to a creative spirit whose fertility is not exhausted in use, to the sense of plenitude which is the mark of all erotic exchange, to a storehouse of works that can serve as agents of transformation, and to a sense of an inhabitable world — an awareness, that is, of our solidarity with whatever we take to be the source of our gifts, be it the community or the race, nature, or the gods."

Goodbye to Berlin

Christopher Isherwood

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"From my window, the deep solemn massive street."

The Mere Wife

Maria Dahvana Headley

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"Still swallowing, feeling the vodka burn its way through the frozen animal that’s invaded her throat, she darts upstairs to the shower, blow-dryer, foundation, lipstick."

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan

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"They sound like this: ' '"

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote

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"The land is flat, and the views are awesomely extensive; horses, herds of cattle, a white cluster of grain elevators rising as gracefully as Greek temples are visible long before a traveler reaches them."