dennis scharnberg

words about words

The bottle of cleanser fell into the sink, giving a sudden irritating crash.  And Simon cranked his way through it all again:  “If I could have a world with that noise or one without it, which would I choose?”

Chadwick Graves,  One Damned Thing After Another.

between the lines

“Third-rate shithole countries, Hendricks.  Isn’t that what Nature wants?”

Chadwick Graves,  Maoist Struggle Session and Other Stories.

infield fly rule

“What modernist culture lacks,”  said Alex, “is the main act.  All we have is filler.”

Sebastian Sleeve,  The Random Walk and Other Stories.

cavernous and quiet

Amazing  Grays

Andrew Tertullian,  Pandora’s Ponderous Puns.

pretending to be

“A charging moose,” said the Trooper.  “Now that’s some pretty nasty physics.”

Glynnis Hoving,  The Multiplication Murders.

in fine focus

“But I don’t know how to want to like that,”  confessed Ambrose, without a hope.

Buster Kelso,  Crimes Against Music.

through a glass

“I’m not sure that I am still laughing,” groaned Barrymore.  “I mean, it seems like laughter.  But I cannot be sure.”

Benedict Elder,  A Cosmopolitan Paradise.

in the dark

The actor is acting and he seems to be unconcerned that the audience knows that he is an actor acting who doesn’t mind this state of affairs being uncovered.

Thomas O. Bedlam,  Jackdaws and the Problem of Speech.

turbulent flow again

“Adventures in the Life of a Rascal, Earnestly Disclosed.”  Now that, fair reader, is a fine chapter head!

Joseph James Coventry,  Concerning the Recent Scribblers.         (1772)

crossing the ruby

“Knowing is never examined closely,” warned Mr. Powys.  “And knowing cannot be undone.”

Nicholas Crisp,  Unfit for Murder.