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April 23, 2009

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Just read a random entry on Zoe Finkel’s blog about waltzing and getting in over your head. It’s amazingly good writing.

On the continuum of writing, there is, of course, bad writing; then there’s good writing; then there’s really good writing that knows it’s really good writing, that telegraphs its mastery (“Aha, did you see that thing I just did? With the words? Of course you did!”); and then there’s a kind of good writing beyond that, which sort of punctures the veil and achieves a special kind of ease and grace. I’m pretty sure this is an example.

It also has plenty of what Roy Peter Clark describes as “gold coins” (it’s writing tool #19) — little asides, little moments of delight, not necessarily crucial to the central story. Zoe’s image of men dancing with other men, and the allusion to Yale, is an example.

Posted April 23, 2009 at 10:07 | Comments (0) | Permasnark
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