josh blog

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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10 Apr '13 07:41:54 AM

Common places: the store, the office, the corner, the kitchen, the street.

10 Apr '13 06:51:27 AM

'In my poetry a rhyme / Would seem to me almost insolent'

3 Apr '13 10:59:07 AM

'… it is the common thing which is annonymously about us.'

31 Mar '13 08:46:09 AM

In the really spectacular witness-stand breakdowns, defendants aren't just caught in lies or betrayed by their irrepressible passions, they're provoked to outpourings of murderous defiance.

29 Mar '13 11:04:33 PM

'Don't get rid of art; get rid of social relations.'

29 Mar '13 09:38:58 AM

Detectives question witnesses with a sort of repartee which tends to re-voice the witnesses' answers—for example to literalize them, or to insist on implicatures discretion would recognize but suppress.

28 Mar '13 02:50:06 AM

If not for the ocean sounds in 'Yellow Submarine' you wouldn't think the whole world was coming along.

26 Mar '13 09:59:00 PM

Good criticism usually locates the work, locates us; places things.

26 Mar '13 04:17:25 AM

'… like one day they might pull their faces off and there'd be alien lizards underneath.'