I first came across his critical writing (a review of sorts of books by Steve McCaffery). And then I went cruising. And found this nugget.
Again. Writing is an aid to forgetting.
For those of us fastidious about words writing is
a way of getting some of them out of the head in
order to make way for new experiences.
Without writing we’d hold on to words at the
expense of those experiences which happily (at
times) give rise to them.
Writing is letting go.
To write is to let go.
Writing is a way of getting younger.
(It’s a way of getting younger so that we can
from Alan Davies This Is Thinking
I do like that elegant degradation at the end — it almost looks like repetition and then you see it is a way of making a plurality of possibilities emerge from a stark dichotomy. It’s a trick worth remembering even if it is in the service of forgetting.
And so for day 999