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!

Of naivety

Of naivety

An unusual simile for naivety, touchingly emphasizing innocence rather than gaucheness.  Now, how about a stroll in this safe and simple...

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Highly suspicious

Highly suspicious

Listening time: under 3 minutes. A journalist in Moscow at the height of the Cold War, read out this description of the host country. It's several...

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Of rumours

Of rumours

A superb simile to describe the velocity and trajectory of rumours, a watery version of 'spreading like wild-fire'.  In the age of social media...

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Tell them

Tell them

This fellow farmer may have encouraged James Rebanks to write his clear-eyed, concise and moving account of the changes witnessed and experienced as...

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Easy laughter

Easy laughter

A merry simile for an easy laugh, though I never thought of woodpeckers as laughing. See another avian reference to laughter, by the same author.......

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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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