The agreeable eye

an eudæmonistarchives


A drawing of Daphne turning into a tree

Sketch for a decorative panel, by Sir James Thornhill (ca. 1700)

Ideas improve. The meaning of words plays a part in that improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress depends on it. It sticks close to an author’s phrasing, exploits his expressions, deletes a false idea, replaces it with the right one.

—Guy Debord (The Society of the Spectacle, trans. Ken Knabb, §187, apparently plagiarizing Lautréamont)

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…Pun Lightning, that jolt of connection when the language turns itself inside out, when two words suddenly profess they’re related to each other, or wish to be married, or were in league all along.

—Patricia Lockwood (Priestdaddy, p. 133)


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