"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

Fat girl, terrestrial, my summer, my night,/ How is it I find you in difference, see you there/ In a moving countour, a change not quite completed?...You become the more than natural figure. You/ Become the soft-footed phantom, the irrational/ Distortion, however fragrant, however dear./ That's it: the more than rational distortion,/ The fiction that results from feeling. Yes, that.

[Fat chicks: Wallace Stevens, Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction]

Posted by stronzo on 06.29.2008


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