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The week of Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest flying periods of the year in the United States. Here are some flight-themed reading options to help with any delays you encounter.

The Good Sentences Team
1. Essay: How the Private Jet Became the Singular Fetish Object of the Modern Billionaire by William D. Cohan (2019, Vanity Fair)

Favorite Sentence: "Jets are deeply tied to their owners' status, their ego, their very being."

—Picked by Charlie Balaan (Flying Home to Pittsburgh, Class of 2022)


2. PoetryVacation by Rita Dove (1994)

Favorite Sentence: "Even the lone executive/ who has wandered this far into summer/ with his lasered itinerary, briefcase/ knocking his knees—even he/ has worked for the pleasure of bearing/ no more than a scrap of himself/ into this hall."

—Picked by Corrine Fombelle (Flying Home to Central Illinois, Class of 2022)


3. Fiction: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)

Favorite Sentence: "All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions."

—Picked by Tiffany Chung-Arzeno (Flying Home to Hong Kong, Class of 2022)
 
Michigan Sentences: Here's an article about the history of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan and its contributions to a wide range of flight-related research. Syllabus Sentences: Here's a short chapter I give students who are interested in learning how the Rule of Three can be used not just within a single sentence but between multiple sentences.
Book Recommendations
Notes on Nuance:
"Too"
 
Note how the word "too" can be placed at the beginning of a word, almost like a prefix, to communicate excess. 

"By night, beneath a charming but too-dim sconce at a too-small table, she staged various actions."
—Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections (2001)

"The rather too inclusive speech brought down a torrent of vituperation from other quarters upon fair Tess’s unlucky head."
—Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891)
 
Additional Resources
                                                                       
Online Courses

Good with Words: Speaking and Presenting
Good with Words: Writing and Editing
Books   

Good with Words: Speaking and Presenting
Good with Words: Writing and Editing  
Notes on Nuance                                                    
The Syntax of Sports: Class 1 
The Syntax of Sports: Class 2
Poetry and Planes
Here's a list of poems about flight and flying. It was curated by Oliver Tearle, who teaches English literature at Loughborough University. 
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