Sun, 18 Nov 2012


— SjG @ 11:14 am

“The superficial aspects of any popular art can be dislocated from the gut of it, marketed, and trivialized. That is the inevitable American artistic dilemma.” — Janet Coleman, The Compass

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Fri, 16 Nov 2012

Official Inquiry

— SjG @ 2:09 pm

“Whether they knew it or not, the interest that drew them here was purely psychological – the expectation of some essential disclosure as to the strength, the power, the horror, of human emotions. Naturally nothing of the kind could be disclosed. The examination of the only man able and willing to face it was beating futilely round the well-known fact, and the play of questions upon it was as instructive as the tapping with a hammer on an iron box, were the object to find out what’s inside. However, an official inquiry could not be any other thing. Its object was not the fundamental why, but the superficial how, of this affair.”
— Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim

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Tue, 13 Nov 2012

Clear Thinking

— SjG @ 9:10 am

“Nobody thinks clearly, no matter what they pretend. Thinking’s a dizzy business, a matter of catching as many of those foggy glimpses as you can and fitting them together the best you can. That’s why people hang on so tight to their beliefs and opinions: because, compared to the haphazard way in which they’re arrived at, even the goofiest opinion seems wonderfully clear, sane, and self-evident. And if you let it get away from you, then you’ve got to dive back into that foggy muddle to wrangle yourself out another to take its place.” — Dashiell Hammett, The Dain Curse

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