Thursday, June 4, 2009

words, ideas, Survivors

I'm presently rereading Rebecca West's Survivors in Mexico. Right now it is my favorite book ever. Here are three model sentences (though it's hard to choose, hard not to cite paragraphs, chapters, the whole book):

Economists are like Aeolian harps, and the sounds that issue from them are determined by the winds that blow.

All these brown people in the Mexican streets are there because throughout the centuries Indians were physically and mentally delectable.

[The anthropological museum's] proportions handle space as if it were a delicious drink and the architect was pouring it out for a world of guests.


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