Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I am presently reminded of a sign that hung inside the newsroom of a paper I once worked for. It read: "The period is the noblest of punctuation marks."
I thought of it just now after surfacing for air from reading Frog, as I am on page 708 and have not seen hide nor hair of a period since 696. That's right. The past 12 pages have been one long, labyrinthine sentence containing oodles of dashes, quotation marks, colons, semicolons and even the occasional question mark -- but not one damn, sentence-ending period.