Having thumbed through more or less germane critical essays and excerpts all summer, writing piecemeal as I went, I was very surprised last week when — with the sudden realization that I must bring it all together — I discovered that my project was already more or less done. I admit that I was immensely pleased with this development, although my paper as things currently stand has the undesirable tendency to, well, sprawl. Writing for a few moments each morning until one grows weary of it is, evidently, a surefire way to write way too much. I’m now faced with the task of editing, the main question being, is it unconscionably long? Do I need to bring in a chainsaw or just some pruners? At the same time, I am still faced with the issue I addressed in my last post. I’ve sketched my phrase structure trees on twenty-some notebook pages, complete with ink blotches and hastily made corrections. Since I still can’t display these electronically, this is essentially the best I can do — everyone will have to pardon my handwriting, but I think the page numbers I provide for each sentence should give the reader reference to a much cleaner version of the text. Now I just need to scan these in and hope they remain as legible as possible. If anyone has questions I am of course delighted to address them.
Sentences in Remembrance of Things Past: Entry Two
August 16, 2010 by