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Publicado em 19/11/2023

Before I go on with this short history let me make a general observation—the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. This philosophy fitted on to my early adult life, when I saw the improbable, the implausible, often the “impossible” come true.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, Esquire (magazine), The Crack-Up, Fevereiro de 1936

Than Fifty

Publicado em 04/10/2023

I’d rather talk to one friend in a quiet cafe than fifty acquaintances at a party. Not only is it more of a cosy pleasure, it also works because there is a boundary with the friend; you know where you are. I’ve had a series of male friends, most of which were older than me, and all opened up the world, each in different ways. I was always pushy and curious as a kid; I wanted to know stuff, and be enthused by others. A smart friend can re-describe things for you; seeing stuff on your pal’s terms makes new objects suddenly pleasurable. As Emerson says, “The moment we indulge our affections, the each is metamorphosed”.

—Hanif Kureishi, Friends and Enemies, Substack, 13 de Setembro de 2023

Another and Brighter World

Publicado em 29/09/2023

Anybody who goes through life with open mind and open heart will encounter these moments of revelation, moments that are saturated with meaning, but whose meaning cannot be put into words. These moments are precious to us. When they occur it is as though, on the winding ill-lit stairway of our life, we suddenly come across a window, through which we catch sight of another and brighter world – a world to which we belong but which we cannot enter.

—Roger Scruton, Effing the Ineffable, Catholic Education Resource Center, 4 de Novembro de 2010