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Ordinary language is all right.

One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.

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27 Jan '13 06:51:56 AM

'It is in fearing our own thoughts, concepts and words, but also honoring ourselves in them and involuntarily ascribing to them the strength to reward, despise, praise and censure us; it is therefore in associating with them as we would with free, spiritual persons, with independent powers, as equals with equals—herein lies the root of the strange phenomenon that I have called "intellectual conscience."'

27 Jan '13 05:09:23 AM

The disillusioned name themselves after a term of criticism whose importance to them betrays their disappointment, as well. Those who have no illusions are not likewise disillusioned.

27 Jan '13 02:33:59 AM

'Why…?' asks for an explanation or a justification.

'How…?' asks for an articulation, breaking something down in parts or steps, or putting something into words.

27 Jan '13 02:28:58 AM

Questions about how texts work are precluded by the belief that one knows what counts as work.

27 Jan '13 02:28:22 AM

How texts mean, before 'what does he mean?'.

How texts work, before 'what's been done?'.

27 Jan '13 01:42:31 AM

You really must admire any work in whose blurb the aggrieved or bewildered phrase 'Why the fuck…?' occurs.

26 Jan '13 07:36:31 AM

Since the detective usually never finds the body, she must almost always be called in; so she can always be shown being called away.

26 Jan '13 07:22:20 AM

'… he begins to search for the kind of statement that will show a way rather than be an answer, invite a further question rather than elicit direct assent.'

25 Jan '13 01:20:06 AM

If my words, too, are people, then wouldn't they also just be gatherings I've been at?