SENTENCES OF THE YEAR

TEN LINES FROM 2005 THAT STOPPED ONE READER IN HIS TRACKS

by Stephen Schenkenberg
  1. “And so it happened again, the daily miracle whereby interiority opens out and brings to bloom the million-petalled flower of being here, in the world, with other people.”
    On Beauty, Zadie Smith

  2. “And we knew then that whatever was being decided, it would be decided under the influence and afterglow of you know, which meant that it would occur in an absence of reason, that it would be undertaken quite happily by our mother, and that it would be thoroughly flawed.”
    The Company Car, C. J. Hribal

  3. “When I came into your life your life was over.”
    No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy

  4. “During the long crawl towards the light at Gypsy Corner, he lowers his window to taste the scene in full—the bovine patience of a jam, the abrasive tang of icy fumes, the thunderous idling machinery in six lanes east and west, the yellow street light bleaching colour from the bodywork, the jaunty thud of entertainment systems, and red tail lights stretching way ahead into the city, white headlights pouring out of it.”
    Saturday, Ian McEwan

  5. “Kafka’s humor—not only not neurotic but anti-neurotic, heroically sane—is, finally, a religious humor, but religious in the manner of Kierkegaard and Rilke and the Psalms, a harrowing spirituality against which even Ms. O’Connor’s bloody grace seems a little bit easy, the souls at stake pre-made.”
    Consider the Lobster, David Foster Wallace

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Stephen Schenkenberg is a writer and editor living in Madison, Wisc. His interview with William H. Gass appeared in these pages last November.

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