Samuel R. Delany
interview with Terry Bisson in The Atheist in the Attic
You wrote a critical appreciation of SF, the Jewel-Hinged Jaw. […] I don’t recall what the title signified.
The title was not explained in the book. You just had to recognize it. It was from a line in Thomas M. Disch’s Camp Concentration: from Sacchetti’s poem “The Hierodule,” when Disch describes the black idol of language/knowledge/art, which is presumably suppose to speak the truth:
Behold! Behold the black, untrained flesh,
The jaw’s jewelled hinge that we can barely glimpse …
So, no, you probably didn’t and don’t recall what the title signified, unless you’ve been rereading Disch’s novel with your literary antenna alert to explaining precisely that conundrum.
Saccchetti is a character in the novel
And the notion of hinge leads me to recall the cover art on Catherine Hume’s Hinges — a grid of representations of various examples of hinges.
With a prominent jaw in its centre square, somewhat shiny like a jewel…
And so for day 2522