Category Archives: Written word

Ideas that add up #217

Three centuries before the term was invented, his [Shakespeare’s] Friar Laurence enunciated the basic principle of ecology in declaring in part For nothing so vile that on the earth does live / But to the earth some special good does give. … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up # 192

What was the name of that village on the penultimate morning, and where was it? West of Vienna, and certainly higher; but all the other details have gone. It was Saturday; everybody was free; we drove there in two motor-cars … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #185

That old black coat he always wore to preach in was the one he put over her shoulders one evening when they were walking along the road together and he was throwing rocks at the fence posts the way a … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #180

In studying world literature, Meeker found some significant differences between [tragedy and comedy]. Tragedy was almost exclusively the creation of Western civilisation, arising out of its heroic myths, while comedy was ‘very nearly universal, occurring wherever human culture exists.’ Tragedy … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #149

Even as a young man he [Florentino Ariza] would interrupt his reading of poetry in the park to observe elderly couples who helped each other across the street, and they were lessons in life that had aided him in detecting … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #138

In Griots and Griottes: Masters of Words and Music, Thomas Hale recounts an anecdote about a recording session he conducted in the palace of the Zarmakoy, the ruler of the Dosso region in Niger, in 1981. Instructed to switch off … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #129

Translation presupposes not the loss of the ineffable in any given act of interlingual mediation such as the translation of poetry, but the irrelevance of the ineffable to acts of communication. Any thought a person can have, the philosopher Jerrold … Continue reading

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