Something whistlingly clean about this; good writing hitting its target with speed and precision, and a latent force behind every sentence.

‘The art of composition is as simple as the discharge of a bullet from a rifle, and its masterpieces imply an infinitely greater force behind it.’  6 December 1859

Source: Henry David Thoreau, The Journal 1837-1861, Damion Searls (ed.), preface by John R. Stilgoe (New York: New York Review Books, 2009), p. 586-87

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