I’m reading an essay by Robert Boyers, Imagining Influence, where he’s expressing Natalia Ginzburg’s influence on his writing. And then I hit this phrase:

“An aspect of her importance for me will come clear when I  say that I do not think of her as the author of works comprehensively ambitious or virtuosic. Her sentences are not sublimely quotable, and her narrative virtues have principally to do with clarity of observation, resistance to frivolous embellishments, taut pacing, and unfailing quotidian specificity.”

Quotidian specificity?


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