Category Archives: words worth reading

The following small error aside, the Florence Sharpe Podiatry website ( is excellent, as is the practice itself: “We have regular meetings where we can share experiences and draw on each others’ knowledge for the benefit of our patients. We also undergo regular training to update our knowledge, skills and specialisms.”   Can’t tell what the [...]

Story spoilers “ruin” the ending of a tale and leave people with a bad taste in their mouth — right?  Wrong, say psychologist Nicholas Christenfeld and colleagues at the University of California, San Diego.  The team asessed how readers responded to having the ending spoiled for a variety of short stories in three genres of [...]

From “Versus” (a novella-in-progress) by C. Clayton James: Installment No. 7 For my mother’s thirty-first birthday Ricky had sent her a clock shaped like a medieval castle, whose drawbridge fell open on the hour.  In one town in Switzerland, she’d told me as we watched my father nail it above the sitting room door, there [...]

One of the greatest crime novels ever written, George V. Higgins’ The Friends of Eddie Coyle (NY: Picador, 40th Anniversary edition, 2010), is told almost entirely through dialogue.  Of the seventy-four sentences in Chapter 5, for example,  only nine are narrative.  The chapter opens with two of the best: Seven and a half miles east of Palmer, [...]

A day and a night in one sentence each, from Despair by Vladimir Nabokov, New York, First Vintage International Edition (1989): pp. 5-6: It was a fast, fresh, blue-dappled day; the wind, a distant relation of the one here, winged its course along the narrow streets; a cloud every now and then palmed the sun, [...]

From Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, London: Fourth Estate (2002), p. 250: He kissed her. There was such an incredible logic to kissing, such a metal-to-magnet pull between two people that it was a wonder that they found the strength to prevent themselves from succumbing every second.  Rightfully, the world should be a whirlpool of [...]

From Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee, Vintage Books (London: 2008), p. 8: In the days of kings, the subject was told: You used to be the subject of King A, now King A is dead and behold, you are the subject of King B. Then democracy arrived, and the subject was for [...]