Sentence of the Day

A wonderful use of a boner metaphor from New York Magazine’s review of James Wood’s How Fiction Works:

“He is most aligned, spiritually, with canonical realism, so he spends his very rich attention lavishly in all the usual storefronts: Proust, Woolf, Tolstoy, Flaubert, Stendhal, Dostoyevsky, Dickens, Conrad, and above all Chekhov. (You could stir an industrial vat of molasses with James Wood’s Chekhov boner.)”



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2 responses to “Sentence of the Day

  1. Copyeditor

    How is that a “howler”? It sounds intentional. From Webster’s Tenth Collegiate: “howler 1a: one that howls b: howler monkey 2: a humorous and ridiculous blunder”.

  2. The Timid Scholar

    You’re right. The howler is mine then! I had thought the word meant something like: a humorous observation. Quam bonus est qui me humilitavit!

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