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“Is the ellipsis an oft-abused stab at accounting for omissions or a way of marking time, which is to say breath, which is to say life, thought?”
“Parentheses can, as Woolf and Nabokov demonstrate, withstand single years and world wars.”
“Em-dashes play all types of roles—extender, interrupter, lister—but what they have in common is an inherent desire to do more, to say a little extra, to create a kind of double time.”
“It was a move obviously born of desperation. And ever since, Jeb has had a little piece of my heart.”
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