“William James described consciousness as the “alternation of flights and perchings,” suggesting that we tend to overvalue the “perchings,” the nouns or the primary verbs in a sentence that steal the spotlight from the little words, like ‘in,’ ‘and,’ ‘but,’ … Continue reading
“I believe in aristocracy… if that is the right word, and if a democrat may use it. Not an aristocracy of power, based upon rank and influence, but an aristocracy of the sensitive, the considerate and the plucky. Its members … Continue reading
“Our heads are round so our thoughts can change direction.” (Francis Picabia) “Extremism makes you stupider.” (David Brooks) Hard part of riding a tiger is getting off. (Chinese saying?) “Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison, then waiting for the … Continue reading
A word is a terrible thing to lose. Rescued Words by Wallace Stevens: fubbed gobbet diaphanes pannicles carked rapey cantilena fiscs phylactery princox funest Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.
THE BOOK OF DON’T Waste not. Want not. Kill not. Lust not. Rage not. Curse not. Gawk not. Binge not. Lie not. Lay not. THE BOOK OF DO Do not. (Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)