For the last few months, I've been finishing up my read of Stephen King's Dark Tower series (I'm a slow reader). There's a certain trick he employs with parentheses that I don't quite understand (I have theories, but I've been unable to find anything that supports those theories), and I thought to post an example here to see what you more knowledgeable, experienced folks might have to say. Now, I've scoured one of the books for a short example because I didn't want to quote a large paragraph (or one that is particularly revealing of the story), but I think it's important to note that he does this with more than one word (such as, entire phrases) at times. Most of his uses of parentheses mirror that of how I've used them in this paragraph, but then: What's the purpose of executing the text in that fashion, instead of: My personal thoughts are that it draws special attention to the parenthetical matter (perhaps making it as important as the non-parenthetical matter), also interrupts the flow in a way. What are your thoughts?