I think we should all read promiscuously. We should have literary one night stands and friends with benefits and deep, tumultuous, passionate love affairs that take us to places we didn’t know were possible.
(Image borrowed from The Naked Girls BookClub)
Lexical variety, eccentric constructions and punctuation, variant spellings, archaisms, the ability to pile clause on clause, the effortless incorporation of words from other languages: flexibility, and inclusiveness, is what makes English great; and diversity is what keeps it healthy and growing, exuberantly regenerating itself with rich new forms and usages. Shakespearean words, foreign words, slang and dialect and made-up phrases from kids on the street corner: English has room for them all. And writers—not just literary writers, but popular writers as well—breathe air into English and keep it lively by making it their own, not by adhering to some style manual that gets handed out to college Freshmen in a composition class.
“John Constantine - the real John Constantine - by Dave McKean, from the UKCAC87 booklet. Neither the Hellblazer title or McKean & Gaiman’s Black Orchid would see print until the following year, meaning that this is an interesting glimpse of the artist’s approach before he was first published at DC.”
…But done after Dave had started drawing Black Orchid, and after he’d already painted several of the Hellblazer covers, that wouldn’t be published until the following year, of course.
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