If Sentences Were Cars . . .

Thanks to Dinty Moore for posting this great quote by Claire Messud on his Facebook page:

“So, too, among the many different kinds of writer in the world, there are those of us who see the sentence as rather like a station wagon. In compiling the sentence, efficacy—or, more precisely, precision—is important; capacity is important; and clarity is important. This kind of writer, at least, doesn’t think in little stoppered declarative sentences. It isn’t like that. Not really ever. Perhaps for some people. But not for us. For those of us whose thoughts digress; for whom unexpected juxtapositions are exhilarating rather than tiresome; who aim, if always inadequately, to convey life’s experience in some semblance of its complexity—for such writers, the semi-colon is invaluable.” ~ Claire Messud

Oh, the sentence as station wagon!  I can just picture that aqua green boat of a Plymouth my parents had while I was in high school–packing it full of everything I wanted to take to college, and more: sleeping bags and comforters jammed up against the rear windows, padding a rocking chair and an easel, my paints and canvases, crates of books, a few houseplants . . . .

What kinds of sentences do you load and drive?

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