language magic

You’ll find two paragraphs below describing the same thing. Which appeals to you? Why? I doubt you’ll find two more disparate paragraphs in tone, style, rhythm, vocabulary, creative musculature. I love putting these two paragraphs side by side.

Imagine the brain, that shiny mound of being, that mouse-gray parliament of cells, that dream factory, that petit tyrant in a ball of bone, that huddle of neurons calling all the plays, that little everywhere, that fickle pleasuredrome, that wrinkled wardrobe of selves stuffed into the skull like too many clothes in a gym bag. (Diane Ackerman, An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain – first paragraph)

Today, when we look at the brain, we see an intricate network of billions of neurons in constant, crackling communication, a chemical labyrinth that senses the world outside and within, produces love and sorrow, keeps our hearts beating and lungs breathing, composes our thoughts, and constructs our consciousness. (Carl Zimmer, Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain–and How It Changed the World, 5)

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10 worst Tweets ever

I’m not sure if I created this prompt or not (“Create the 10 worst tweets ever”), but the following is what I wrote in my writing group when we used this prompt:

  1. Found half your beagle’s ear. Put in freezer. Isn’t his name Rexie?
  2. Rollo, Rollo, where are you, Rollo?  Rollo? Rollo? Where are you, Rollo?
  3. New toothpaste. Not the whitening one but the tartar prevention one. Not enough sparkles.
  4. What are the sparkles in toothpaste made up of? If I turn the night light out, will they glow green?
  5. PO Box 9617 Skokie IL. Don’t send me anything. Please. I beg you. Don’t.
  6. Tweetometer–new invention. Measures tweetability. This tweet measures -34.
  7. Forgot ear was in freezer. Power off. Smells really bad. Do you still want it?
  8. My cat played with her tail for 3 minutes. I changed diapers 8 times today.
  9. Corn is a fruit, isn’t it? No, that’s tomatoes. Corn is sister to soy, right?
  10. The answer is blowing in the wind. Quit staring. Go catch it. The answer. Or…