Thursday, October 3, 2013

Guy Davenport | Lo Splendore

Short story illustrations (1981) © Roy R. Behrens
Above Roy R. Behrens, collage illustrations for Guy Davenport short story, "Lo Splendore della Luce a Bologna' (1981).


Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon

If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of the movement of an iceberg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water.


William Strunk, Jr., The Elements of Style

Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.


Osbert Sitwell—

Freud Madox Fraud.


Guy Davenport

Max Ernst Ernst Mach.