When it works well, we get moments like Lanzmann's interview in Shoah with Franz Schalling, the Chelmno guard, whose matter-of-factness
about the killing process is more terrifying than any imperious expression Fiennes can conjure, particularly as it appears alongside testimonies by victims and bystanders who had lived through radically divergent versions of the same horror.
This certainly makes for a more modern-sounding reading, and if at times can be a little fiat, as in "My soul voyages on this perfume the way other souls voyage on music," there is an appealing matter-of-factness
in the wish that concludes "At One in the Morning": "I would really like to redeem myself, to feel a bit of pride in the silence and solitude of the night.
is underscored by Zentner's spare prose, as in the winter bringing "the cold .
Half-a-million, all alphabetized, Mounted in their matter-of-factness
She raised even the most hard-hitting of questions in a manner that was scented with sympathy yet never divorced from the matter-of-factness
that all interviewers should stick to.
The stories they recount are dramatic, melodramatic, oftentimes tragic, but they write with a historian's detachment and matter-of-factness
But most of all, I remember the square, matter-of-factness
of knowing that God let her die and that it was His call.
What makes this novel remarkable is the honesty and matter-of-factness
of John's voice.
As his nemesis Iago, it is the matter-of-factness
of Michael Gould's performance that makes him so chilling, the intricate plotting spun out of an almost nondescript exterior which might plausibly deflect suspicion.
Beyond their intact matter-of-factness
, humor, and inventiveness, they simply redefine the form once again.
The language retains the plain-spoken matter-of-factness
that most Simic poems feature, and the poem emphasizes the softly surreal imagery that has always made him such an original.
played with a philosophical matter-of-factness
by Joseph Porter) as he is writing to his pen pal.