a fool in the forest


  • A fool, a fool! I met a fool i' the
    A motley fool; a miserable world!
    As I do live by food, I met a fool
    Who laid him down and bask'd him
        in the sun,
    And rail'd on Lady Fortune in good
    In good set terms and yet a motley

    As You Like It,
    Act II, Scene 7

    L'homme y passe à travers des
        forêts de symboles
    Qui l'observent avec des regards

    Les Fleurs du Mal,

    [T]here is almost no subject-matter, and what little one can disentangle is foolish....
    One would call the style verbose, except that by definition verbosity is the use of words in excess of the occasion, and there seems to be no occasion.

    Yvor Winters,
    Forms of Discovery, Ch. 7

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    December 05, 2010



    J'adore your idea for a *thoughtful* reinterpretation of the opera. Getting away from the theme of true naming (as it's called in the biz) is dead on, and the birth certificate is precisely how to modernize it, given that the main instance of true naming in the contemporary age is the witness-protection program.

    (True naming being the notion that to know someone's echt name is to have power over him.)

    Also: Glad to hear that Isokoski was better last night than when I saw it.

    A.C. Douglas

    Thoughtful and knowledgeable piece, Mr. Wallace. A real pleasure to read and invaluable to a "hermit" such as myself who gets no chance these days to attend live opera performances (and has very little desire to do so).

    My thanks.


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