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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20 Feb '09 04:26:53 PM

One way to truly fulfill the potential of criticism on the interweb: a blog where every post is polemic against James Wood.

20 Feb '09 12:11:35 AM

Civil servants who routinely handle the business of any man off the street are sublimely (i.e. terrifyingly) efficient.

19 Feb '09 08:15:29 AM

Tonight I made my first purely strategic shot in a game of pool, not to sink a ball of my own (I didn't have a shot) but to deprive my opponent of any good shots. And it worked!

12 Feb '09 05:36:37 AM

A principle: if you don't want to or can't call Kiss 'Kiss' in the rock-band episode of your police procedural, don't bother making the band be exactly like Kiss except not called 'Kiss'.

11 Feb '09 05:23:00 AM

It has been a disappointment for me to hear William Carlos Williams read his own poems. Is it his voice, or just that his voice is not my voice?

4 Feb '09 07:11:20 PM

- it is day though.

1 Feb '09 11:04:51 PM

'I find fault only with the preface. In my opinion, it spoils your book, which is so impartial and so lofty. You give away your secret: that is carrying candor too far; and you express your opinion, something which in my poetics a novelist hasn't the right to do.'

30 Jan '09 07:39:08 AM

Ten Years of Freaky Trigger!

28 Jan '09 06:50:13 AM

'- The great misfortune of my life was never to have an aim -.'