The agreeable eye

an eudæmonistarchives

More specifically concerning: words

26.03.02 – Tuesday

26 March 2002, around 21.24.

Now there’s a word I don’t like: spiritual. Heard in these contexts: ‘I’m not religious or anything, but I am very spiritual…’ -or- ‘yeah, you know, he’s all spiritual and shit.’ Spritual people supposedly tap into the grand essence that is, the great non-materialistic who-knows-what, all without the aid of organized religion. In general, they […]

Elenchus

16 September 2002, around 13.35.

Socrates was married, you know, and his wife, Xanthippe, was a shrew. Perhaps that’s why he liked to sit in the cobbler’s shop and talk with young aristocrats about the meaning of words. ‘The only thing I know is that I don’t know anything.’ How many a man has said that, in the course of […]

prescriptive

30 November 2002, around 19.13.

For words have a weight beyond their meaning, the sound of the stithy drawing measure from the iron of Elizabethan poetry, skirting the Joycean quicksilver to forge a something other than consciousness—a feeling, then, a fear. The chthonic sibilance and uneven lisp hammering out associations and leaving nothing but the need to hear.

abecedarian

21 March 2003, around 18.10.

As it sounds.

The trouble with Shakespeare

18 May 2003, around 10.59.

The spirit of contrariety indulged in the boy, leads the man into serious quarrels, into brawls, fights, and duels. I have known a most tragic duel to arise from a dispute about a passage of Shakespeare. The parties were friends when they began. One quoted the passage, the other asserted he had misquoted it. Instead […]

apropos of nothing

10 June 2003, around 8.45.

Small rain.

phrases

27 June 2003, around 13.33.

general principles • moral turpitude • progressive non-action • radical self-sufficiency • righteous indignation • pompous twit

Flibbertigibbet

2 July 2003, around 11.39.

Don’t flip.

reference

2 August 2003, around 8.06.

On the origins of regret.

diction

4 August 2003, around 8.04.

Wherefore, I beckoned to Gioffredo to take the ankles: but I myself took the hollow armpits; and terribly the head waggled between. In this manner we flung the dead slave from the balcony: but, after we had heard the splash of his fall in Tiber, we returned, expecting new events. (chapter xii) ‘Terribly the head […]

poena sine fine

6 August 2003, around 8.05.

After reading Donna Wilson’s Ransom, Revenge, and Heroic Identity in the ‘Iliad’ (based on the dissertation she prepared for the University of Texas, Austin) the largest question I have for the author concerns her relationship with her father. Her discussion of the character of reparation in the Iliad emphasizes the role of the father in […]

I feel sick

11 November 2003, around 8.50.

Nauseous.

the very marrow

15 January 2004, around 15.52.

I’ve reached a point where the OED is of no use, for it cannot tell me why some people call them zucchini and other people call them courgettes, nor can it tell me on earth they were not more popular before the mid-twentieth century. The most it can say is that the young fruit of […]

miaros

25 February 2004, around 16.07.

fragment of a dialogue Is there a reason you haven’t bathed in almost a week? Is there a reason you consider my personal hygiene to be of general interest? Answer the question. Yes. There is a reason. Would you care to elaborate? When have I ever cared to elaborate? Let me rephrase: please share your […]

pseudaphoristica (8)

4 March 2004, around 15.05.

vartue.

Citation (18)

8 March 2004, around 8.12.

adventurous students always read classics.

exquisite

19 April 2004, around 22.33.

meme (ex machina):1 Intrigue me?2 The impression is that the lay-out of the whole area resembled that of the Seraglio in Constantinople, with palaces, barracks, and other royal buildings set in an area of parkland.3 A house of sin you may call it, but not a house of darkness, for the candles are never out; […]

ablative abecedarian

20 April 2004, around 13.49.

Also as it sounds.

scrapes

11 May 2004, around 14.31.

‘As is’ he she we they you you you I her so pronouns begin the dance called washing whose name derives from an alchemical fact that after a small stillness there is a small stir after great stillness a great stir —Anne Carson

postponed

4 June 2004, around 14.31.

After the fact.

parrying poetics

16 June 2004, around 12.32.

At the end of March there was a puff piece about Anne Carson in the NY Times, occasioned by a staged reading of her translation of, I think, Euripides’ Hekabe.1 One short passage attracted my attention: For all this, Ms. Carson said, she is not a poet. ‘Homer’s a poet,’ she said. ‘I would say […]

an interval

21 June 2004, around 14.49.

In a backward bin.

a quiver

15 September 2004, around 9.51.

Curvet.

Citation (30)

30 March 2008, around 5.30.

Robert Musil gets twisted up.

ha eli

27 August 2008, around 0.01.

Little phrases.

to have done

24 January 2009, around 1.30.

Infixes and conjugations.

aydqan mard es

22 March 2011, around 21.10.

The more languages you know, the more of a (hu)man you are.

beautiful-good-true

11 April 2011, around 16.06.

Sow seeds for flowers right now, I thought this spring, and sowed many more than usual

new vocabulary

4 October 2011, around 9.12.

The other sign in the classroom says ‘Knowledge is essential to freedom’.

wellspring

9 November 2016, around 18.41.

Meaning and mediocrity.

Small pome

5 April 2020, around 4.23.

appetite alters everything restive beneath words containing all meaning —less you have been used to your beauty

æquanimities

19 November 2021, around 14.30.

τὸ δὲ σκότος ἐκλείποντος τοῦ φωτὸς γίνεται. For darkness follows when light fails. —ps-Aristotle, De Coloribus (791a; trans. W.S. Hett) The sense of withdrawing into oneself, running to ground. A step away from easy definitions, the lineæ abscissæ of demographic plots, towards abscission – even so it shall be cut off, as someone said, and […]

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