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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7 Sep '12 03:49:03 AM

'Here's a lesson even the ancient Romans knew: if you're going to constantly have dinner with poets, eventually you'll have to read their books.'

6 Sep '12 03:59:58 AM

An introductory trope: 'My project contributes to so many different ongoing debates!'.

5 Sep '12 09:48:12 PM

Νέος ἐφ' ἡμέρῃ ἥλιος.

5 Sep '12 06:18:34 PM

I don't know anything about Robert Service, at all, but one of my prejudices is that I think people who like Robert Service's writing must do so because of some vague uplift of spirit they feel because of his name. Why, yes: Service. A fine thing!

5 Sep '12 02:15:10 PM

Autumn leaves in summer.

5 Sep '12 01:00:28 AM

'people should listen to this instead of working because this is better than their lives' —YouTube commenter

3 Sep '12 06:10:01 PM

'Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate circumstances?'

1 Sep '12 07:30:02 PM

'10. What of a poetry that lacks surprise? That lacks form, theme, development? Whose language rejects interest? That examines itself without curiosity? Will it survive?'

1 Sep '12 06:40:14 AM

'I should not obtrude my affairs so much on the notice of my readers if very particular inquiries had not been made by my townsmen concerning my mode of life, which some would call impertinent, though they do not appear to me at all impertinent, but, considering the circumstances, very natural and pertinent. Some have asked what I had got to eat; if I did not feel lonesome; if I was not afraid; and the like. Others have been curious to learn what portion of my income I devoted to charitable purposes; and some, who lave large families, how many poor children I maintained. I will therefore ask those of my readers who feel no particular interest in me to pardon me if I undertake to answer some of these questions in this book.'