Take a lucky dip in this refreshing pool of posts, randomly selected like literary Russian roulette (but more fun and much safer). Or filter by category to take a deeper dive into specific themes.  Enjoy!

As softly as …

As softly as …

What a place, what a time, the two idyllic years Durrell spent in Rhodes after the war.  His account is full of lyrical descriptions of scenes and...

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Mineral metaphor

Mineral metaphor

Saint-Exupery takes your breath away with the originality of his metaphors.  That peace is greater than the sum of its parts is one thing, but to...

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As fabulous as …

As fabulous as …

A marvelously original simile for 'fabulous', found in this slim, exquisitely written book by Saint-Exupery.  Something resonant in that phrase, the...

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Fine feline quotes

Fine feline quotes

Adding another in our series of themed selections, we have purrduced a page of illustrated quotations celebrating cats.  We will add more as they...

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Hare-bell sea

Hare-bell sea

A lyrical description of the Greek island of Thera, bursting with flowers and trees, and all sloping down to a soft lilac-tinged blue sea. But there...

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Appreciation is a better mode for the understanding of achievement than are all the analytical kinds of accounting for the emergence of exceptional individuals.  Appreciation may judge, but always with gratitude, and frequently with awe and wonder.  

By ‘appreciation’ I mean something more than ‘adequate esteem’.  Need also enters into it, in the particular sense of turning to the genius of others in order to redress a lack in oneself, or finding in genius a stimulus to one’s own powers, whatever these may emerge as being.

Source: Harold Bloom, Genius (London: Fourth Estate, 2002), p. 5

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