I've heard of people keeping letters, including under their pillow, but never one permanently about your person. This letter from the...read more
Charlotte Bronte describes the spirit of writing when it flows. This happens to me occasionally, and I've noticed you can't wait for it...read more
Coming from a superb storyteller, this comment on the secret of the Great Stories is refreshing and insightful. It has long fascinated...read more
I always liked Ezra Pound's definition of the poet as being the 'antenna of the race'. Here Wallace Stevens enlarges their role to an...read more
A fine injunction to a writer, first to face truth and then to give unhidden all the details. Neither is easy. 'Face truth,...read more
Iris Origo (1902-88) was an English writer who grew up in Italy and married an Italian. Together they bought and renovated an estate in...read more
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Referring to the Arctic, where the summers are short and the winters long, this rueful statement made me think about our own longer...read more
This spare and tender novel captures a simple gesture in a passing moment and how it haunts someone for life. These moments can change...read more
I liked Socrates' image of the Mediterranean, that great big watery basin, as a pond around which we live like frogs. 'We live round a...read more
Someone spotted this on a wall at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), a bastion of cutting edge science, and therefore...read more
More marvelous metaphors on Mondays … Monday, metaphor day.
I liked this analogy to help us grasp how demons were perceived in late antiquity, apparently more matter of factly than one might have...read more
In addition to the infiltration of Christianity, seeping into Hellenic culture, as this historian memorably puts it, 'like a...read more
A wonderful description of Boris Johnson in the recent BBC debate among candidates for the role of Prime Minister. When I read this, I...read more
This week, glad to share fine metaphors both written by journalists. Here The Economist pays a suitably eloquent and moving tribute to...read more
Bringing you pithy, evocative imagery in the form of three-legged microcosms of meaning. Updated on Tuesdays … Tuesday, triologism day! You’ll never see this day of the week in the same way again.
What a wonderful concept, part of a lavish description of a man's character by Mark Twain. Worth mentioning that these vaunted...read more
Something memorable fresh and sharp in the mind even after many 'slow-drifting years'. An unusual concept as for me, and many people I...read more
Caught up in the maelstrom of battle between the Greeks and Trojans, these horses have just seen their master massacred, and free of his...read more
Homer describes these cattle and some 3,000 years later, yesterday, I passed them grazing in a field in Switzerland as we drove to...read more
You can see the gleam of its hooves, as I once saw in a perfectly preened and prepared pedigree horse whose hooves had been polished...read more
What formerly passed for a lawn in our garden is now becoming a wild meadow, notwithstanding its random colonization by tough tussocks....read more
Sharing words that sparkle, appeal, intrigue or otherwise grab me, including those in other languages. And adoring alliteration, new words will be added on Wednesdays… Wednesday, word day. See you back here then.