16 July 2011
Random Literary Quotation
- Frank Norris, The Octopus
That's a nice bit of stage setting.
I especially like the word "bourdon," for a low-pitched tone, a word that seems to have dropped out of use since Norris' day. I also love the unexpected modifiers, "grateful enervation," "mellow complainings," "infinite quiet." The generation of writers after Norris became very reflectively anti-adjective, but here one sees there is nothing disreputable about that form of speech.
Knowledge is warranted belief -- it is the body of belief that we build up because, while living in this world, we've developed good reasons for believing it. What we know, then, is what works -- and it is, necessarily, what has worked for us, each of us individually, as a first approximation. For my other blog, on the struggles for control in the corporate suites, see www.proxypartisans.blogspot.com.