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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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30 Jun '09 06:58:21 PM

Often, with the non-artsy, I am the one who shrinks away from more comprehensive understanding: I do not want to risk a disappointment great enough to make me give up on any engagement at all.

30 Jun '09 06:54:23 PM

'all existed somewhere on the same cultural plane'

26 Jun '09 02:30:42 PM

As a kid, when I first learned how to tape-record songs off the radio, they released so many singles from Bad that I thought I could record the whole album. I didn't understand why the radio station wouldn't let me hear that much of any other records.

Tracer on MJ the dancer.

[Three notes on joy]

24 Jun '09 07:11:19 PM

'Incurious'— a cardinal sin.

23 Jun '09 04:29:24 AM

'She sang pop music.'

23 Jun '09 02:38:16 AM

'Reading the essay now, I still sense in it the initial exhilaration in finding ways to mean everything I was saying, and to say a larger fraction of what I had philosophically to say, than I had ever experienced. The elation was an experience as of escaping from what I had inarticulately felt in my philosophical education, and remaining in much of philosophy's dispensation as I began my life of teaching philosophy, as prohibitions on, or suspicions of, everyday speech, quite in the absence of patient attention to the individual utterance.'

22 Jun '09 11:27:04 PM

'Surely there will be a day of reckoning…'

22 Jun '09 07:47:47 PM

Train metaphors make their way into German James Brown reviews as much as English ones.

20 Jun '09 07:55:44 PM

The slow despair of boarding a cool, quiet, empty bus that does not stay that way.