Thursday, January 27, 2011

In danger of dumbing down?

"Fear of the world produces crystals in writing. One seeks the faultless, crystallized phrases, perfection, the hard polish of the gems, and then finds that people prefer the sloppy writers, the inchoate, the untidy, the unfocused ones because it is more human. To jewels, they prefer human imperfections, moisture of perspiration, bad smells, stutterings, and all the time I keep this for the diary and give the world only jewels."
- That’s from the journals of Anaïs Nin, Volume II, page 52, at the end of July 1935.
Hat Tip: A. Chee

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