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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6 Mar '17 05:35:24 AM

'He's loosened the noose.'

4 Mar '17 04:18:41 AM

'… a tiny figure carrying a big stick, say, through a valley…'

23 Feb '17 12:14:47 AM

'… books which could become the subject of conversation among strangers.'

22 Feb '17 06:17:09 PM

'How dare you disturb me!'

22 Feb '17 06:12:06 PM

Mark Woods, longtime proprietor of wood s lot, a true weblog, has died.

22 Feb '17 04:17:41 AM

I took the train, it was good, it was empty.

20 Feb '17 05:12:19 PM

The heavy weight of many a weary day / Not mine, and such as were not made for me.

3 Feb '17 04:37:40 AM

'When was the last time you saw yourself at your best?'

27 Jan '17 07:56:05 PM

And again: 'One may almost doubt if the wisest man'—say, Socrates—'has learned any thing of absolute value by living' (i, 10), meaning: if he has, it is not by living, but by, say, dying, or preparing to. But the practical, know-howsy flavor of Thoreau's comments in these paragraphs (the example, styled proverbially: knowing enough 'to fetch fresh fuel to keep the fire a-going') alludes to problems of survival, uncertain subsistence, preparation and provision, or as he'll style it later, 'getting a living'. So, to philosophize is to learn not to die?