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Thirty Words Is a World

Michael Kimball and Joseph Young talk about words. Thirty of them. These words from Young’s Easter Rabbit:


As she read essays, she plaited one side of her hair. You’d last forever, he said, up from his puzzle. The green light of some vehicle tracked across the ceiling.

I love the kind of obsessive attention to words found in this interview.  I’m also interested in consecution and recursion, and the acoustical properties/relations of sentences in general. Does anyone know of any essays/books besides Gary Lutz’s incomparable “The Sentence Is a Lonely Place” that treat this subject in an in-depth way?

2 thoughts on “Thirty Words Is a World

  1. Hey, John, thanks for the mention.

    It’s been quite a while since I read it and don’t remember a lot from it, but I just picked up Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction by Charles Baxter from my shelf and it has a chapter called Rhyming Action that seems perhaps to talk about recursion or the like. In any case, when I read the book several years ago I liked the density of the ideas. I think I might reread it again now.

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