Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Daily E.B.

You've just got to love E.B. White. He gave us Charlotte's Web and Trumpet of the Swan. But he left us with much more than that. His essays are deliciously readable. They are stuffed with carefully chosen words and images, jammed with tasty nuggets of wisdom. He reads like a comfortable sweater. One that makes you smarter.
"I have yet to see a piece of writing, political or nonpolitical, that
doesn't have a slant. All writing slants the way the writer leans, and no man is born perpendicular, although many men are born upright."
That one was hidden in an essay about democracy and the ghost of a counterfeit basset hound. You can find the essay, Bedfellows, in this collection:

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