Snippets #24

Francine Prose-Reading Like a Writer

In general, I would suggest, the paragraph could be understood as a sort of literary respiration, with each paragraph as an extended–in some cases, very extended–breath. Inhale at the beginning of the paragraph, exhale at the end. Inhale again at the start of the next. But by introducing some element of unease, Babel’s paragraphs makes us catch our breath in the final sentence, so that we are still a little breathless in the midst of that rhythmic change, that shift in perspective. (66)


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