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(From Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Byline: Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
A MARINE SCIENTIST, UPON SEEING THE DAMage of the recent oil spill on Guimaras, is likely to say to his fellow scientists, The biota exhibited a 100-percent mortality response.
We journalists would write, All the fish died. It thunders in its simplicity and you couldnt get more dramatic than that.
Author Kurt Vonnegut says that his favorite line among James Joyces stories is from the short story Eveline. The sentence: She was tired. At that point, Vonnegut says, no other words could break the heart of a reader as those three words do.
Simplicity of language, Vonnegut says, is not only reputable, but perhaps even sacred. The Bible opens with a sentence well within the writing skills of a lively 14-year-old: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.