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  • It's a two-edged sword, reading certain authors. For me, Sebald, Bolano, and Nabokov come to mind, but there are others. I don't know what or why and promise myself that I need to think hard about it, analyze it, try to understand it.

    These authors' sentences are so intoxicating that I cannot easily get through a paragraph, let alone a book. I try. The words are just the usual: words. The sentences don't seem unusual, grammatically. Even the topics might be ordinary. But in no time, I'm giddy, astonished, putting the book down, head spinning. Can a sentence induce hypomania? I become so woozy, for a few moments, that I can't remember what the thing is about anymore.

    One reason to join cowbird: there are sentences like that here and I will find them and get my daily buzz. I don't know where or from whom, but they're there!
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