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1. Fiction: A&P by John Updike (1962)

Favorite Sentence: "She came down a little hard on her heels, as if she didn't walk in her bare feet that much, putting down her heels and then letting the weight move along to her toes as if she was testing the floor with every step, putting a little deliberate extra action into it."

—Picked by Olivia Torres (Class of 2023) 


2. Essay: Why the Beach is a Bummer by Roxane Gay (2014)

Favorite Sentence: "Despite my better judgment, I am also vulnerable to this fantasy, to so much trembling want."

—Picked by Katherine Tierney (Class of 2022) 


3. Poetry: Dover Beach
 by Matthew Arnold (1851)

Favorite Line: "Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
                       With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
                       The eternal note of sadness in.”


—Picked by Clara Butler (Class of 2022)
 
Michigan Sentences: Here is an article by Professor David Uhlmann about the the prosecutions that followed the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Syllabus Sentences: Here is a short video I give students to help with the problem of over-researching a writing project.
Book Recommendations
Nuance Spotlight: 
Lord of the Flies by William Golding 
 
William Golding's 1954 novel Lord of the Flies is one of the more iconic stories about being stranded on a desert island. So it seemed like a good candidate for the "Nuance Spotlight" the Good Sentences team sometimes compiles: instead of featuring one nuance move that shows up in multiple books, we'll occasionally feature one book that contains multiple moves. 

"If Not" (June 2019)
"Round the castles was a complex of marks, tracks, walls, railway lines, that were of significance only if inspected with the eye at beach-level. The littluns played here, if not happily at least with absorbed attention; and often as many as three of them would play the same game together."

"All But" (November 2019)
"Ralph turned to the sea. The horizon stretched, impersonal once more, barren of all but the faintest trace of smoke."
 
Additional Resources
                                                                       
Online Course

Good with Words: Writing and Editing
Books     

Good with Words: Writing and Editing  
Notes on Nuance                                                    
The Syntax of Sports: Class 1 
The Syntax of Sports: Class 2
Surf Slang
 
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