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cart before horse

“I wonder if you could write that down for me,” said Martin with a jovial voice.  “That way I won’t forget.”

Trent Bendix,  Grieving for Margaret.


bait and switch

“Something else altogether is going on in my work,” said Matthew.  “It is not expression.”

Trent Bendix,  Patricia Knows Best.

just sailing along

They lack historical awareness.  Consequently, the current moment always strikes them as being unprecedented.

Jason K. Broadus,  The Ice of My Dreams.

above all else

Being honest to the reader is a form of lying.

Dennis W. Sylvester,  Confessions of a Moon Man.

flock of poets

“Tears are an emulsion, Glenda.  An emulsion.

Brendan Shaughnessy,  Lobsters and Clams, a Novel.

moving forward again

Building and destroying are the same.

Godfrey Tooke,  Collected Aphorisms.

bending the trees

When the interviewer asked Pogba whether he was a cannibal, Pogba responded with:  “I am part cannibal; I am no purist.”

Will Bestwyck,  Letters From Mr. Palindrome.

a gunner good

Under the larger sign was this legend:  Wisdom for a Modest Fee.

Mark Anthony,  The Tale of the Mirror.

an empty house

“We are the future the Founders chose,” murmured old man Carter.

Roger Penberthy,  A Non-Newtonian Unpleasantness.

not to know

He later admitted that he had been so desperately lonesome that he wrote letters to himself.  And posted them.

Chadwick Graves,  One Damned Thing After Another.