Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Literary Corner

Image by Eefa Khalid for Dawn (Pakistan).
Best-written sentence in today's Times, by Robert F. Worth, Mark Mazzetti, and Scott Shane:
As the five men stood arguing by a cluster of palm trees, a volley of remotely operated American missiles shot down from the night sky and incinerated them all, along with a camel that was tied up nearby.
(Shouldn't be distracted, it's an upsetting article, but that camel! A perfect little poem.)

Worst-written sentence, by Thomas Friedman:
It’s hard to escape a visit to India without someone asking you to compare it to China.
(Field Marshall von Treppenwitz here, whose idea of reporting a trip is to report how he answered the questions everybody was asking him. But the spectacularly bad bit is the unintentional implication that the column is going to be about how he got out of India, or got out of going there altogether.)  

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