February 22nd, 2013 / 8:55 pm

I heartily encourage you to read Virginia Konchan’s newly published story “Welcome to My Harem” (at Joyland), as well as her other stories and poems, linked to here.


  1. Adam Digged

      subject pronoun, adverb, verb (first person singular present {[simple aspect]/} indicative with an active voice), objective pronoun, adverbial infinitive, proper noun, adverb modifying a past participle modifying a noun which is being modified by the title of that noun, particle connecting a third person possessive adjective modifying and adjective modifying orphaned plural nouns conjoined by conjugations, passive participle, prepositional phrase?

  2. mimi

      i really liked this story
      but i think the “I” in the tenth from the bottom line should be changed to “me”
      is that okay to say??

  3. A D Jameson

      I agree; it should be me. Or even mi.

  4. mimi

      what if….

  5. davidmmmorton

      This taught me to never trust a midget.

  6. davidmmmorton

      I think it should be “i”

  7. mimi

      me think it should be “me”

  8. A D Jameson

      The pronoun is the object of let: “let me.” So I agree with let-let.

  9. deadgod

      “[P]roper noun” is possessive. “[P]ast” participle is passive participle. Parenthetical prepositional phrase, composed of preposition and proper-noun object, not mentioned. “[P]article” is adverbial phrase (composed of three adverbs) used as conjunction. “[T]hird[-]person possessive adjective” is singular. “[O]rphaned”?? [True question.] “[P]lural nouns” joined by conjunction, not “conjugations”. “[P]assive participle” is of a phrasal verb; preposition lacks object (so no prepositional “phrase”) and is followed by adverb.

  10. A D Jameson
  11. deadgod

      Are punctuation marks considered objects of parse-imony? I think they should be, but are they?

  12. A D Jameson

      Dworkin includes punctuation—that is to say, he describes them. See here and here>.

  13. davidmmmorton

      It may be correct but whether it should be is another thing. I think it should be a lower case i.

  14. A D Jameson

      On what basis? Whimsy?

  15. davidmmmorton

      It could be whimsy. I like writers that are brave enough to be wrong. :D

  16. A D Jameson

      I like wrongness, too, but I like the wrongness to be justifiable in terms of the piece. I think there’s a distinction between deliberate and non-deliberate errors. In this case I get the impression it’s non-deliberate, although I have also been looking for a way to justify it. I was wondering if it might be an aspect of the the narrator’s voice…

  17. davidmmmorton

      I tried to vote this up twice.

  18. A D Jameson

      The second click undoes the first one. Unless you create a second account…

  19. mimi

      like this?

      The summer after my nineteenth birthday, Cedar Point paid I excellent money to wear a wig of raven tresses and full-length gown of rich blue satin and to be trailed by seven little people with names like Bashful. My friend Sara had gotten I the job.

      i would like this

  20. A D Jameson

      Ha! That makes it sound like it’s in third person, and about a person named I.

  21. mimi

      but no! no!
      it’s supposed to sound brave AND whimsical

  22. deadgod

      I an I wit Jah in de garden of Babylon, I an I usin de linguistic mediation.

  23. deadgod

      Yes, I was responding to the earlier link, which makes it look like punctuation is part of what’s ‘parsed’. The marks are not ekt-chew-uh-leh examples of a ‘part’ (L pars, partis) of speech, but when one diagrams a sentence, one does write down the punctuation on the diagram. So those notations are “parsed”, in the sense of legibly surviving the parsing process? or Dworkin added them to his description of each written sign/group of signs because he could see them?

  24. mimi
  25. A D Jameson

      I loved diagramming sentences in grade school, but will confess I don’t know much about the history of the practice. I imagine Dworkin included the punctuation because otherwise it wouldn’t have been clear where sentences ended? Or maybe he was parsing the source text according to his own special parsing method. I read some of Parse for a seminar I took last year, but haven’t looked into exactly what decisions he made in creating it, and haven’t thought much, either, about the consequences of those decisions, though it does seem an interesting line of thinking. Full stop.

  26. A D Jameson

      Timbaland knows the way to reach the top of the charts.

  27. Adam Digged

      i hope no one thought i was attempting to be a grammar national socialist. just practicing.