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averageloveaffair asked: I'm also currently reading The Hotel New Hampshire for the first time, i'm maybe like 3/4 of the way through it and I can't find the connection haha, inspiration is weird right! It is very strange but I've really really enjoyed it!

Strange doesn’t begin to cover it!
I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the read. John Irving also wrote A Widow for One Year which is supposedly one of Sara’s favorite books.

Thanks for submitting an ask :)

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Heads up… this post might be boring for some of you.

In grammar there is something called “breath units” (I just learned about them, so keep in mind I am no pro). As far as I know, they are pretty much breaks/pauses in a sentence. These pauses occur where there’s punctuation and when readers mentally pause themselves. 

So, for example, let’s look at one of the quotes I posted from My Education:

Page 259 -  “Grief not for him, nor for Martha exactly, but for all my lost selves, which I liked to imagine were still somehow there, waiting for my return. But those selves were long gone. I would never be younger again. This was so simple it went without saying, but unsaid, one could try to forget it.” 

In this example there are 10 breath units. Why does that matter? Well, in grammar, each breath unit is supposed to have less than 25 syllables (why I first heard this, I thought it was bullshit - much like the rule that you can’t place a coordinating conjunction at the beginning of a sentence… because you can).
The average syllable per breath unit in this example is 7.1. So… why do syllables matter? It matters because if all breath units have the same syllable count, then the writing would be too boring. If the syllable count was low, then writing would be too abrupt. In turn, if the syllable count is too high then the writing can be too complex and confusing. 

Anyhwo, I think all this (despite its boring appearance) is actually pretty cool, because when I was wondering why Choi is such an excellent writer, this came up as a possible explaination:
Her writing is excellent, because she is able to navigate where to put appropriate pauses in her writing 1) for emphais 2) for clarity… and so forth. 

Reading is fun just for the hell of it, but it is also cool to learn the “tricks of the trade.” For those of you who want to be writers yourselves, this might be something you want to look into to better your writing. If you master breath units, like Choi, your writing can be an amazing rhythmic feat. 

Hope I didn’t put any of you to sleep ;)
CR

Heads up… this post might be boring for some of you.

In grammar there is something called “breath units” (I just learned about them, so keep in mind I am no pro). As far as I know, they are pretty much breaks/pauses in a sentence. These pauses occur where there’s punctuation and when readers mentally pause themselves.

So, for example, let’s look at one of the quotes I posted from My Education:

Page 259 - “Grief not for him, nor for Martha exactly, but for all my lost selves, which I liked to imagine were still somehow there, waiting for my return. But those selves were long gone. I would never be younger again. This was so simple it went without saying, but unsaid, one could try to forget it.”

In this example there are 10 breath units. Why does that matter? Well, in grammar, each breath unit is supposed to have less than 25 syllables (why I first heard this, I thought it was bullshit - much like the rule that you can’t place a coordinating conjunction at the beginning of a sentence… because you can).
The average syllable per breath unit in this example is 7.1. So… why do syllables matter? It matters because if all breath units have the same syllable count, then the writing would be too boring. If the syllable count was low, then writing would be too abrupt. In turn, if the syllable count is too high then the writing can be too complex and confusing.

Anyhwo, I think all this (despite its boring appearance) is actually pretty cool, because when I was wondering why Choi is such an excellent writer, this came up as a possible explaination:
Her writing is excellent, because she is able to navigate where to put appropriate pauses in her writing 1) for emphais 2) for clarity… and so forth.

Reading is fun just for the hell of it, but it is also cool to learn the “tricks of the trade.” For those of you who want to be writers yourselves, this might be something you want to look into to better your writing. If you master breath units, like Choi, your writing can be an amazing rhythmic feat.

Hope I didn’t put any of you to sleep ;)
CR

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I have a Word document consisting of 4 pages of vocabulary words that I enjoyed reading and/or learning in My Education. So I won’t bore you, here are just a few of my favorite/I think people should know vocab. words:

Eke (for those that like to play 3 lettered words on Scrabble): manage to support oneself or make a living with difficulty, obtain/create just barely 

Hedonism (I come across this word frequently in my reading, so I thought I would put it here for those who don’t know the meaning): self-indulgence (for pleasure)

Interlocutor (also a word people should know): a person who takes part in a dialogue

Niggle (c’mon… niggle… just say it…): annoy 

Octogenarian (who doesn’t love multisyllabic words): a person who is from 80-89 years old

Susurrus (onomatopoeia?): whispering

Unstinting: free (giving without restraint) 

Badinage (something we could say in place of banter - Tegan and Sara Badinage): humourous or witty conversation 



There are more (that I sadly forgot to write down) but here are some of my favorite quotes (keep in mind some are better within the context):

207 “I felt exalted by a new, exotic sadness, as if some rite of passage were complete.” 

259 “Grief not for him, nor for Martha exactly, but for all my lost selves, which I liked to imagine were still somehow there, waiting for my return. But those selves were long gone. I would never be younger again. This was so simple it went without saying, but unsaid, on could try to forget it.” 

264 “Joachim is still subsumed in familiar aloneness, an aloneness made safe by routine.”

I have a Word document consisting of 4 pages of vocabulary words that I enjoyed reading and/or learning in My Education. So I won’t bore you, here are just a few of my favorite/I think people should know vocab. words:

Eke (for those that like to play 3 lettered words on Scrabble): manage to support oneself or make a living with difficulty, obtain/create just barely

Hedonism (I come across this word frequently in my reading, so I thought I would put it here for those who don’t know the meaning): self-indulgence (for pleasure)

Interlocutor (also a word people should know): a person who takes part in a dialogue

Niggle (c’mon… niggle… just say it…): annoy

Octogenarian (who doesn’t love multisyllabic words): a person who is from 80-89 years old

Susurrus (onomatopoeia?): whispering

Unstinting: free (giving without restraint)

Badinage (something we could say in place of banter - Tegan and Sara Badinage): humourous or witty conversation

There are more (that I sadly forgot to write down) but here are some of my favorite quotes (keep in mind some are better within the context):

207 “I felt exalted by a new, exotic sadness, as if some rite of passage were complete.”

259 “Grief not for him, nor for Martha exactly, but for all my lost selves, which I liked to imagine were still somehow there, waiting for my return. But those selves were long gone. I would never be younger again. This was so simple it went without saying, but unsaid, on could try to forget it.”

264 “Joachim is still subsumed in familiar aloneness, an aloneness made safe by routine.”

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For those of you interested… My Education is possibly inspiration to the song “Goodbye, Goodbye” (or perhaps just the title). 

On page 75 of the Penguin paperback version of My Education is the following quote:
“Goodbye, goodbye, tolled in my mind, not because I sympathized with the annual rite, the completion of toil and attainment of credentialed enlightenment; nor because I saw myself commencing, in the terms of the familiar metaphor, a new course of education.” 

Pretty cool, huh? This quote also exemplifies Choi’s talent in writing. On the back of the book is a review by The Washington Post Book World that states, “… few other writers alive today make their sentences work so hard.” I completely agree! 

As “promised,” later today I will be posting some of my favorite vocabulary words found in My Education as well as some quotes. 

Happy Friday!

For those of you interested… My Education is possibly inspiration to the song “Goodbye, Goodbye” (or perhaps just the title).

On page 75 of the Penguin paperback version of My Education is the following quote:
“Goodbye, goodbye, tolled in my mind, not because I sympathized with the annual rite, the completion of toil and attainment of credentialed enlightenment; nor because I saw myself commencing, in the terms of the familiar metaphor, a new course of education.”

Pretty cool, huh? This quote also exemplifies Choi’s talent in writing. On the back of the book is a review by The Washington Post Book World that states, “… few other writers alive today make their sentences work so hard.” I completely agree!

As “promised,” later today I will be posting some of my favorite vocabulary words found in My Education as well as some quotes.

Happy Friday!

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Because of Sara’s raving about this novel, I have choosen it as my first Sara Reads in a long time. 
I have to say, I absolutely love it. The story is phenomenal, and it barely takes you a second in order to be hooked on the novel. 
One of my favorite things about this book is the vocabulary to be found in it. Once I am done with it, I will post some of my favorite words (and quotes).

Because of Sara’s raving about this novel, I have choosen it as my first Sara Reads in a long time.
I have to say, I absolutely love it. The story is phenomenal, and it barely takes you a second in order to be hooked on the novel.
One of my favorite things about this book is the vocabulary to be found in it. Once I am done with it, I will post some of my favorite words (and quotes).

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Hello, long time no post!

So… I stopped posting and I’m coming back to give this blog a fresh start. There was a lack of participation so I’ve decided to switch up how the blog works. Before I would post sections and we would read together, then after we would read, I would post questions and anyone could feel free to participate to answer them. Now, however, I’ve decided to read on my own in a way. I’m going to read anything Sara has and just post my opinions about it and, of course, anyone who wants to, can participate. You may read along with me and even still send asks either giving your opinions of the book, of my opinions, or perhaps answering some of the questions I may or may not pose. You can even send me questions of your own thinking! Whether I can answer them, who knows ;) 

The book I’m going to read first will be Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

Hello, long time no post!

So… I stopped posting and I’m coming back to give this blog a fresh start. There was a lack of participation so I’ve decided to switch up how the blog works. Before I would post sections and we would read together, then after we would read, I would post questions and anyone could feel free to participate to answer them. Now, however, I’ve decided to read on my own in a way. I’m going to read anything Sara has and just post my opinions about it and, of course, anyone who wants to, can participate. You may read along with me and even still send asks either giving your opinions of the book, of my opinions, or perhaps answering some of the questions I may or may not pose. You can even send me questions of your own thinking! Whether I can answer them, who knows ;)

The book I’m going to read first will be Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

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Book Two: Part Three

*Insert stereotypical news broadcast theme song*

This week on SKQ Book Club…

As promised, here are some thought provoking questions inspired by Essex County’s Book Two: Part Three.

  • Often enough it seems that tragedies bring people, be it friends or family, back into each other’s arms. Do you think that tragedies… in a tragic way… are good? Maybe just in Lou’s and Vince’s situation? 
  • Everyone assumes that “Old Man” LeBeuf is falling apart and consumed in his own world. This is somewhat true. In what way is it false?

Enjoy and feel free to participate!!!

-CR

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