"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]

A young man's voice, by the sound, Coming, it seems, from the twist in the martini. "You arrogant, elderly letch, you broken-down Brother of Apeneck Sweeney! Thought I was buried for good Under six thick feet of mindless self-regard? Dance on my grave, would you, you galliard stud, Silenus in leotard?"

[Younger Selves: Anthony Hecht, "The Ghost in the Martini"]

Posted by stronzo on 03.11.2012

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