The Millions : 9 Ways of Looking at a Single Paragraph

This re-post should be a real charmer for those who have been involved in critique groups or classes – or who wonder what really goes on in one. The valuable point, as implied in The Millions' title above, is that clarity comes from being exposed – over and over – to what others understand of what you write.


1.It was during the summer of 2009 that I first read the opening paragraph to German novelist Peter Handke’s 1970 novel, The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick. It remains the most tantalizingly confusing paragraph I’ve ever read:



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