Originally Posted by Rob Lister
All punctuation is stylistic. You can eliminate all periods if you wish; and, but and or will get you pretty far!
The end result is all that matters. When you are expressing yourself in writing, what manner of phrasing and punctuation best conveys your intent? You can certainly replace a semicolon with a period but does the result read the same? Of course not.
Has anyone read Donald Barthleme's "Sentence"? I haven't found the story (which consists of a single sentence) on line yet, but I have fond memories of reading it in the collection City Life
, and a critic discusses it and other entries in the Olympic Sentence Length Competition here
Oh, and about the author:
Ed Park is the author of “Personal Days,” a novel that ends with a sentence over 16,000 words long.
I haven't read that book yet, but I imagine there might be semicolons.