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!

If only …

If only …

The capable André has a ready set of approaches to unlock any solution needed.  If only one could order such a magical bunch of keys.  My husband...

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A fine physique

A fine physique

A perfect simile for a man of lean and sinewy build. He was made of bone, muscle, and nerve, like an English race-horse. Source: Ivan Goncharov,...

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Of vanishing rain

Of vanishing rain

A simile for evanescent rain, likened to an out of character and fast recalled error, like those social media messages you delete right after...

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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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