Excerpts Occasionally I encounter certain passages that I bring up in conversations, and tend to remember because of the way it was written. Some of them might be philosophical, but mostly it ends up being an object or scenario that I never could find the words to describe, yet some author found a way to pen it down. And it shall begin with the most descriptive writers I have read, R. K. Narayan. Book: My Dateless Diary - An American Journey
Author: R. K. Narayan

Description: The book is a random collection of diary entries about R. K. Narayan's journey to the US in the 1980s, and this excerpt is from his encounter with a stranger in a New York coffee shop. The stranger comes up to him and asks him about South Indian coffee.

"God-given opportunity for me to start off a lecture on coffee, its place in South India (in the North they favour tea), its place in our social life, how the darkest condemnation of a family would the warning uttered at their back, "Their coffee is awful", how at wedding parties it was the responsiblity of the bride's father to produce the best coffee and keep it flowing all day for five hundred at a time; how decoction drawn at the right density, on the addition of fresh warm milk turned from black to sepia, from which ultimately emerged a brown akin to the foaming edge of a river in flood, how the whole thing depended upon ones's feeling for quality and eye for colour; and then the ding of sugar, just enough to mitigate the bitterness but without producing sweetness."

Entered: 20 October, 2013 Book: How to Write a Lot
Author: Paul J. Silvia

Description: The book is a frank, sarcastic attempt to push the procrastinating academic writer to start writing regularly. There is no magic way, just consistency and rigor. If you have gone through this process, the fact that you can relate to the material will have you laughing aloud.

"Delete very, quite, basically, actually, virtually, extremely, remarkably, completely, at all and so forth. Basically, these quite useless words add virtually nothing at all; like weeds, they'll in fact actually smother your sentences completely. (...) If you took to heart Strunk and White's (2000) command to "omit needless words" (p. 23) but can't tell which words are needless, parasitic intensifiers are basically begging to be totally eliminated."

Entered: 3 March, 2015