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Friday, November 24, 2006

It's Always Night

















The De Selbyesque sentiment behind the epigraph from Thelonious Monk to Thomas Pynchon's new novel, Against the Day, is all fine and well, but its internal rhyme is just a bit too distracting for me: 'It's always night, or we wouldn't need light.' De Tocqueville, was it, said mankind was given language to conceal its thoughts from itself; and it's so like the English language to come between us and our best ideas.

3 comments:

Emily Post said...

Try reading the long book behind the short epigram, maybe...

sevenpointman said...

You are wasting our time dwelling on the epigraph of one of the greatest novels every written in English or any other language.

You really are an asshole !!!

puthwuth said...

Hey give me a freakin' chance, it just came out for gawd's sake!