The class almost didn’t happen because the director didn’t think anyone would want to tinker with sentences for seven weeks. To his surprise and my delight, Beautiful Sentences opened with a waiting-list 10 students long.
The writing class felt like a gathering of kindred spirits. We introduced ourselves by sharing our favorite sentences, and then we played “who wrote it?” The game involves, that’s right, guessing the author of various sentences. For example, can you guess who wrote the following:
- “I’m anything but fine. I feel like the sun has set and not risen for five days. I’m in perpetual night here”.”
- “She talked all the time and at first it was about people and places.”
It’s a bit tricky, so I’ll give you the answers: the first sentence is EL James from 50 Shades of Grey, and the second is Ernst Hemingway from A Moveable Feast. Surprisingly, the entire class thought the first sentences was ‘more beautiful’ than the second.
Is this post nerdy enough for you? ‘Cause I’m about to go all out and confess that I belong to three book clubs. That’s not a typo — I legit read and discuss three books a month. I created a graphic of the top-rated books from my clubs:
My nerdy-ness will cease after I tell you about a recent article in The WSJ that featured ‘the most popular books that no one reads.” Interesting, right?
Researchers mined Kindle data to name books people quit after reading after 25%, 50% or 75% of the novel. Their findings? People rarely finish 50 Shades of Grey or The Great Gatsby, but they absolutely never finish Capital in the 21st Century.
Do you finish every book you start? Are you learning a new skill this summer? Get geeky and tell me your favorite sentence.