I was listening to the Diane Rehm show as I was driving somewhere, and she was interviewing an author who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease… Martin Cruz Smith. (Thank you, NPR.org!)
He was talking about how his condition has pared down his prose. Specifically, he mentioned this turn of phrase:
“It was the kind of day that didn’t give a damn.”
How marvelous is that!
The best part, in my opinion, is how it conveys an invitation to the reader to make their own interpretation of what kind of day that is. BAM! Your reader is emotionally involved from the first sentence.
For me, the day that didn’t give a damn is much like today. I started my morning with a haiku experience.
I took out the trash today
Mostly I don’t write poems
Surprise turd on my shoe
Today, my gentle friends, does not give a damn.