sentence of the day

First, mistakes were made:

-I slightly misquoted the sentence

-The author is Guatemalan, not Spanish, and

-I think I may have said the essay was by Umberto Eco instead of Italo Calvino, which was totally my bad (can’t keep my high-concept Italian authors straight), but at any rate: the sentence was quoted in Six Memos for the Next Millennium by Italo Calvino, in the essay called “Quickness”:

“Borges and Bioy Casares put together an anthology of short extraordinary tales (Cuentos breves y extraordinarios, 1955). I would like to edit a collection of tales consisting of one sentence only, or even a single line. But so far I haven’t found any to match the one by the Guatemalan writer Augusto Monterroso: ‘Cuando desperto, el dinosauro todavia estaba alli’ (When I woke up, the dinosaur was still there).”

One response to “sentence of the day

  1. sparkling_bears47

    I meant to bring this up in class, but never found the right time to mention it. Anyways, this sentence story reminded me of an author I really like named Brendan Atkins who writes a 101-word story every week day.

    Some of the stories tie into other stories and create a grander sense of narrative, while some are merely stand alone bits of humor or drama. He has a really interesting re-interpretation of Star Wars that’s told through a more mythological language.

    Since the stories are only 101 words, it makes for quick reading. They’re also pretty well written. I would definitely recommend him for anyone that’s interested. His site is: