Monday, March 28, 2011

I Like Large Parties-- They're So Intimate

"Anyhow he gives large parties," said Jordan, changing the subject with an urban distaste for the concrete. "And I like large parties. They're so intimate. At small parties there isn't any privacy."

~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


Thursday, March 24, 2011

What Poetry Does

“Poetry makes the half man whole by saying the things which he feels but cannot say.”

~Clyde Kilby, Poetry and Life (New York, Odyssey Press, 1953), p. 3 via here

"The aim of good prose words is to mean what they say. The aim of good poetical words is to mean what they do not say."

~GK Chesterton

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Write Music!

"This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am sure the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals-sounds that say listen to this, it is important.So write with a combination of short, medium, and long sentences. Create a sound that pleases the reader’s ear. Don’t just write words. Write music."

~Roy Clark, Writing Tools via Justin Buzzard

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

June 1940 Paper Doll with Clothes

Back in December, I posted Miss Carey's paper doll wardrobe (from April 1941).  Now, I'm back with clothes from Cousin Sally's June wedding.  I'd love to have her trousseau especially the day dress with the cargo pockets and the turban.
Jack and Jill Magazine, June 1940 (via The Paper Collector)