Sunday, August 08, 2010

abbreviated art.

Compare and contrast the sublime:
"I can't think of a nicer place to sit this spring over a glass of rosé and watch the boys and girls in the street outside smiling gaily to each other, and wondering where to go for a nosh."

with the tin-eared:

"I can't think of a nicer place to sit this spring over a glass of rosé and watch the boys and girls in the street outside smiling gaily to each other, and wondering where to go for nosh."

I know I'm late to this but you can read Giles Coren's expletive strewn rant about a sub-editor's mutilation of his copy by the removal of a single indefinite article here.

He is a comedy writer of genius, though it is a Pooterish genius rather than the belle-lettrist genius he seems to imagine.
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.

Oscar Wilde
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