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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28 May '09 06:50:49 AM

'how perfect the entire system of things'

28 May '09 05:57:34 AM

There are kinds of music that you can only do if you can say 'baby' the right way.

28 May '09 05:04:42 AM

Mark Richardson (Richard-San) as tastemaker. I can't think of many other reviewers I trust implicitly.

28 May '09 04:11:21 AM

Too much fucking tympani.

23 May '09 11:12:10 PM

'Every expression that does not negate is taken as an affirmation; every gesture that does not destroy is interpreted as approval.'

23 May '09 04:48:13 PM

'So few writers are honest that we should really distrust all people who write.'

23 May '09 04:47:06 PM

Toulmin’s ‘can’t’ examples from The Uses of Argument:

‘You can’t lift that weight single-handed.’

‘You can’t get ten thousand people into the Town Hall.’

‘You can’t talk about a fox’s tail.’

‘You can’t have a male sister.’

‘You can’t smoke in this compartment.’

‘You can’t turn him away without a shilling!’

22 May '09 04:12:01 PM


21 May '09 04:51:37 PM

'“Behind the overwrought reaction to enhanced interrogations is a broader misconception about the threats that still face our country,” Mr. Cheney says. “You can sense the problem in the emergence of euphemisms that strive to put an imaginary distance between the American people and the terrorist enemy."'

Somewhere, Karl Kraus just scowled.