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Dr. Frank's What's-it: Comment on Writing <i>qua</i> Writing
Comments: Writing qua Writing

Frank, check out his New Republic cover story on French anti-anti Americanism, it's kickass. Though oddly enough it has no mention of pop star philosopher Benard Henri "My wife once deep kissed Ted Nugent" Levy.

Posted by W. James Au at December 12, 2005 03:07 AM

About the paragraph breaks: you may have just put your finger on the reason why I - uncomprehendingly - have always felt a little jittery reading Berman. (It could also be that I'm just too dense to understand it all.)

Posted by Paul at December 12, 2005 01:57 PM

Ah, you don't get enough qua these days.

Posted by Duncan at December 12, 2005 09:43 PM

I took a major in French at an English-language Canadian university where most of the French profs were from France. Some of them actually taught prose composition (and marked it hard). They told us to deliberately link one paragraph to the following one in exactly the way you find peculiar in Berman's writing. In French this method is considered a logical and desirable thing. If you don't read French, you might check out a book in translation by (for instance) Jean-Francois Revel, who uses this technique to good effect.

Posted by CJ at December 17, 2005 07:42 AM