Top Five: Joseph Tomaras


Top Five Sentences I’ve Read Recently

  1. The tide of darkness seemed to sweep him back to her, postponing from moment to moment his entry into the world of guilt and sorrow. (Flannery O’Connor, “Everything that Rises Must Converge”)
  2. Once, while committing a burglary, he fell off a third-floor balcony and, blessed by his seventy generations of ancestors, landed in a pile of sand. (Le Minh Khue, “Tony D”, tr. Bac Hoai Tran and Diana Sachs)
  3. The symphony hall is ten blocks and world away from this end of Max Nordau Street, but the craving of a Jew for pork, in particular when it has been deep-fried, is a force greater than night or distance or a cold blast off the Gulf of Alaska. (Michael Chabon, “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union”)
  4. To sand / each head of cabbage unravels its leaves / the way dreams burn in the oilfires of night. (Brian Turner, “To Sand”)
  5. Direktor Leo Fischel von der Lloyd-Bank glaubte, wie es alle Bankdirektoren vor dem Kriege taten, an den Fortschritt. (Robert Musil, “Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften”)

— Joseph Tomaras


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