Tag Archives: Aphorism

Generations and Terminations

Julia Cooper The Last Word: Reviving the Dying Art of Eulogy [A] baby is not in fact a piece of immortality, but rather another piece of mortality. Multiplication is not continuation. And so for day 2521 07.11.2013

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A Maxim on the Minimal

One of the shorter pieces from the collection of aphorisms at the back of Beneath My Feet: Writers on Walking edited by Duncan Minshull It is good to collect things, but better to go on walks. Anatole France as collected … Continue reading

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Drip Drop Frozen

I was seduced by the cover of the book, I stayed for the words. Chris Banks The Cloud Versus Grand Unification Theory “Reality Check” Trickle- down economics has left us with dribbles Tailored cynicism. And the shoe fits. And so … Continue reading

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Bon Mots and Fine Images

I wonder if I had been given as an adolescent a copy with such a cover would I have developed such a love for aphorisms. I had long ago passed it along. But I came upon it years later and … Continue reading

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Singular Praise of Reduplication

Nietzche from Human All Too Human again … It is an excellent thing to express a thing consecutively in two ways, and thus provide it with a right and a left foot. Truth can stand indeed on one leg, but … Continue reading

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Old Novelty

Awoke from a dream with these lines in mind: To write the New English is to displace and replace. To read it is to reknit syntax. I’m glad I committed the lines to paper; easier to remember. And so for … Continue reading

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Day 2001 – Intellectual Exchange

On this day, a very short sentence. His favourite apophthegm is “we sometimes connect by disentangling.” A smart quip for a bio. And so for day 2001 05.06.2012

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Riposte

F.R. Scott in The Dance is One has a poem answering McLuhan’s The Mechanical Bride. It is entitled “The Miniaturized Groom” and is a series of short statements about the adage the medium is the message. Scott quips that McLuhan … Continue reading

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Whistle While You Work

Link this to Audre Lorde’s concept of biomythography. the lifework of every gay man has been the transformation of the loathed into the loved John Preston, “Goodbye to Sally Gerhart [1981] in Mark Blasius & Shane Phelan (eds.), We Are … Continue reading

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The Tip

Either of tongue or finger Fingerspitzengef├╝hl Intuition is counter-intuitive: while it appears to be quick and spontaneous, it actually takes effort, calculation, and memory. Charles Jencks. The Garden of Cosmic Speculations (London: Frances Lincoln Ltd., 2003). Akin to sprezzatura and … Continue reading

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