Thursday, September 10, 2009

Craftsmanship Counts

'Word carpentry is like any other kind of carpentry. You must join your sentences smoothly.'
--Anatole France, a French poet and writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921.


At 7:57 AM, Blogger Jim Murdoch said...

Agreed. I find reading a work aloud, even if it's not one intended to be read out loud, is a good way to identify any cracks in the text.

At 8:26 AM, Blogger Mariana Soffer said...

Interesting! and what if when you try to carve the letters you discover the wood is too hard?

At 8:56 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

How impossibly cool that the first two folks to join this discussion hail from Scotland & Argentina! All we need now is some Asian and Australian representation. You're right on about the benefits of reading work aloud, Jim. The ear catches far more than the eye, especially when it comes to subtle rhythms and cadences and their related road signage, otherwise known as punctuation.

At 8:32 PM, Blogger Diane Vogel Ferri said...

Oh yes, easier said than done.

At 12:09 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

That's certainly true, Diane.


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