I’m off to Wisconsin today for Darwin Day. If you’re anywhere near Whitewater this evening, do drop by for the talk.
There will be a brief hiatus in my posting,
In the meantime, I’ve noticed that Stanley Fish has just published a new book, How to Write a Sentence. I was surprised to see this, since his turgid productions in the New York Times didn’t give me a lot of confidence in his writing skills. But maybe he wrote better when he was younger. At any rate, I suggest that for our mutual edification and amusement we each contribute one of our favorite sentences from literature.
Here’s my contribution, which I’ve highlighted before. It’s the last sentence in The Dead, by James Joyce:
His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.
Or you can suggest something from science, too (or both), like this familiar sentence:
It has not escaped our notice that the specific pairing we have postulated immediately suggests a possible copying mechanism for the genetic material.