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Adam Gopnik on Sentences

For a week I’ve been trying to swim to the surface to share this with you. The whole article is wonderful, but one section tugged at my soul:

“Like sentences, shell beans are a great deal more trouble to produce than anyone who isn’t producing them knows. You have to shell the beans, slipping open the pods with your thumbnail and then tugging the beautiful little prismatic buttons from their moorings–a process that, like writing, always takes much longer than you think it will. And then even the best shell beans, cleaned and simmered, are like sentences in that nobody actually appreciates them as much as they deserve to be appreciated. Shell beans are several steps more delicious, lighter and finer, than dried beans, much less canned beans; but the sad truth is that nobody really cares beans about beans, and not many eaters can tell the fresh kind from the dried, or even the canned.”

I see someone else blogged it before I did–hi, Magpie. The article came to mind yesterday, when I was interviewed by John Lindner who does Blographies for the Baltimore Sun. We talked about libraries, and writing… but I forgot to add that talking about writing is like reading cookbooks… all the fun and none of the work.

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