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!

Bee-buzzing hours

Bee-buzzing hours

Golding discovers ancient graffitti carved in the rocks of a Greek island, by long gone lovers.  Wishing you, as we move into late summer, many...

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A dam snake

A dam snake

Infrastructure likened to a curling serpent, whereas most serpentine similes I've seen have been speed-related.  See Tarka the Otter, Christopher...

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As ancient as …

As ancient as …

As a simile for 'ancient' you could use a range of places and races, but here the intoning of the prayer makes 'Jewish' particularly appropriate. ...

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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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