NYT Opinionator: Jhumpa Lahiri’s “My Life’s Sentences”

“My Life’s Sentences” by Jhumpa Lahiri

about reading, writing, and language

The urge to convert experience into a group of words that are in a grammatical relation to one another is the most basic, ongoing impulse of my life.

Constructing a sentence is the equivalent of taking a Polaroid snapshot: pressing the button, and watching something emerge. To write one is to document and to develop at the same time.

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