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July 1959

Snoring as a Fine Art and Twelve Other Essays.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;104(1):169-170. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270070171029

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The mark which Albert Jay Nock left has increased rather than faded since his death. Like fine mellowed wine, it has rare savor. He was the creator of a distinguished and distinctive style. It has been used as a model by many who unfortunately fall short of achieving his salty combination of smooth flowing English, enormous vocabulary, and frequently arresting and disturbing statements which jar one from the simple relaxed pleasure which comes from reading such prose. His heavy-handed irony stopped short of bleak cynicism. His realism, though harsh and rocky at times, escapes the desperate and depressing reaction of pessimism, and his choice of words constantly bears testimony to his admission that he read the dictionary for sheer pleasure. He is not above using teeth-rattling expressions to dislodge the reader from his complacency. As an example, he said, "'The French' means nothing but 'Them French' sums up the whole

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