Sunday, February 03, 2008

line read three times yesterday and once today

i'm reading "heydey" by kurt andersen right now, an epic 620-pager about nyc in the mid-19th century. this passage in particular caught my attention...

"But Fatty and his b'hoys didn't just speak in slang, they were themselves human slang, and like new words had sprouted mysteriously and suddenly in the less respectable city streets and cellars."
"human slang" is brilliant, and the construction of the sentence is curious. a pause--not necessarily a comma--after "like new words" seems helpful, but not required, either.

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