December fragments #14

An editing colleague put me on to Karen Elizabeth Gordon’s quirky book years ago, and I often dip into it. Grammar with drama and a touch of goth…

The verb is the heartthrob of a sentence. Without a verb, a subject would be abandoned, stranded in a sentence, incapable of sensing the void. There would be nothing between words but meaningless space or a clutter of adjectives, phrases, and pronouns, and maybe something to eat, but no way to reach for it or bite it, since action and feeling are missing.

—Karen Elizabeth Gordon. The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: the ultimate handbook of grammar for the innocent, the eager, and the doomed



Filed under December fragments 2012

6 responses to “December fragments #14

  1. That’s a bit gorgeous now, isn’t it!

  2. Wendy Bulgin

    Where can I find this book??

  3. marlish glorie

    I’ll be getting a copy too – as I fall into all three catagories, partculary the last – doomed! Thanks for your gems Amanda. Really most appreciative.

  4. Haha, Marlish! I think you’ll enjoy grammar for goths 🙂

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