Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Vehige: Hemingway and Faulkner

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?" - Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

This is exactly why the late John Gardner exhorted the late Raymond Carver to read as much William Faulkner as he (Carver) could and then read as much Hemingway to offset the negative effects of too much Faulkner (see the introduction to Gardner's On Becoming a Novelist). In terms of studying style, a potential novelist would be hard pressed to find a better formation than this. Hemingway and Faulkner are polar opposites in that regard.

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Immaculate Inning

For you baseball fans out there, this page is pretty cool.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Vehige: Our Readability

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Okay, Woodward, we need to get on it around here. We're only at an undergraduate level.

HT: Happy Catholic