Since I said something yesterday about James Agee, and since there’s something in the works for closer to when the book comes out where I’ll be sharing some corner of a bar or bookstore with someone also reading and writing about him — well, since that’s been happening I thought I’d point you to something she’s written. It starts like this:

It is that clarity of mystery, that precision of blank—gesturing to certain immensities—that astounds me about James Agee’s peculiar use of colons. The epigraph to that American modernist’s “Description of Elysium” captured my attention as the sun went down on this past National Punctuation Day:

 There: far, friends:  ours: dear dominion:


From Ashley Makar’s “This is All One Colon,” Killing the Buddha, November 27, 2009 Since I said something yesterday about James Agee, and since there’s something in the works for closer to when the book comes out where I’ll be sharing some corner of a bar or bookstore with someone also reading and writing about him — well, since that’s been happening I thought I’d point you to something she’s written. It starts like this:

It is that clarity of mystery, that precision of blank—gesturing to certain immensities—that astounds me about James Agee’s peculiar use of colons. The epigraph to that American modernist’s “Description of Elysium” captured my attention as the sun went down on this past National Punctuation Day:

 There: far, friends:  ours: dear dominion:


From Ashley Makar’s “This is All One Colon,” Killing the Buddha, November 27, 2009

Since I said something yesterday about James Agee, and since there’s something in the works for closer to when the book comes out where I’ll be sharing some corner of a bar or bookstore with someone also reading and writing about him — well, since that’s been happening I thought I’d point you to something she’s written. It starts like this:

It is that clarity of mystery, that precision of blank—gesturing to certain immensities—that astounds me about James Agee’s peculiar use of colons. The epigraph to that American modernist’s “Description of Elysium” captured my attention as the sun went down on this past National Punctuation Day:

There: far, friends: ours: dear dominion:

From Ashley Makar’s “This is All One Colon,” Killing the Buddha, November 27, 2009

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