When I skimmed this column by Ralph Routon on Amarillo.com, I assumed that it consisted completely of single-sentence paragraphs, but unfortunately he’s thrown in a couple of multi-sentencers halfway through. Tabloids do it, American teachers may have encouraged it with their practice of making pupils create a backbone to be fleshed into paragraphs, but I’m curious as to when/where/how one-sentence-per-paragraph style originated–it is not by any means confined to Texas–and to where it’s headed. For example, I wonder whether Mr Routon’s opening might not have more effective spaced thus:
Shouldn’t journalists be afraid of terrorism?
Shouldn’t all of us covering the Olympics wonder whether we’re putting our lives at risk?
Haven’t we in the media wondered whether perhaps it would be smart to stay home?
Despite everything going on in the world, and the proximity of Greece to a volatile region, my answer isn’t what you might expect.
No, I’m not scared.
Now everything’s digital there’s no cost impact, so why not? If Elias Canetti was right when he (allegedly) said that “Success is the space one occupies in the newspaper“, then reading online could become a much more leisurely experience.
- More Francophone condemnations of the US
Abdou Diouf, “Secretary-General of la Francophonie and former President of Senegal”, responding to Chirac in the former organisation’s first meeting outside
- Crap maps
If you’ve read Edward Tufte’s stuff, you’ll know that the Japanese used to be good at cartography. So were the British,
- New translation of Jünger Der Waldgang
With a brief roundup of the First World War.
- French lessons: Grannie on her bike rides across the pool
Boby Lapointe, an obsessive, deranged comic genius who seems to have drunk himself to death aged 50, points to one of
- Dutchmen and Dagos
Captain Kettle, the British Library Online Newspaper Archive and our fellow-Europeans.