“What is the worst sentence you ever wrote?”

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Jami Attenberg: “It’s hard to pick just one. I know I have a problem with semi-colon abuse, and have written page-long sentences. Nobody needs to be reading page-long sentences, at least not written by me. What about, ‘He smiled quietly.'”

Joshua Mohr: “I once quit a job without notice via email—faking an injury as my excuse—and the opening sentence still makes me feel like a terrible person: ‘I’m dictating this message due to my injuries.'”

Rumpus contributor Sona Avakian talks poor grammar, favorite adjectives, poontang and more in a short interview with Rumpus contributors Jami Attenberg and Joshua Mohr.


Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. Formerly of The Rumpus and McSweeney’s and most recently the founding editor of BuzzFeed Books, Isaac is now the co-host of BuzzFeed News’ Twitter Morning Show, #AMtoDM. He also appears frequently on The Today Show to talk books, and is co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) (winner of an IACP award), and the author of a YA novel and picture book forthcoming from Bloomsbury. He uses Twitter. More from this author →