Thursday, April 13, 2006

Aching for Gravitas

Just a fun quote that I came across while perusing my notebook...this one is courtesy of Tibor Fischer:

The drawback to profundity is that it's like being funny, either you are or you aren't, straining doesn't help.

Alas, I think these words arise from Fischer's review of Martin Amis' Yellow Dog a couple of years back [i.e. the book that he deemed the 'not knowing where to look kind of bad'].

However, he also calls Amis the overlord of the OED, so I suspect he must love the Amis on some level. Don't we all?

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