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Monday, December 15, 2008
On Talking Far Too Much About Far Too Little: An Honest Response to a Well-Intentioned Reader
It is a terrible thing not to speak the obvious when what is obvious is either truly terrible or truly wonderful. In fact, if you are the sort of person who claims to set some store by the saying of things there is surely nothing more terrible than refraining from saying terrible and wonderful ordinary things out of a fear for their ordinariness. It seems to me a genuine responsiveness to the world, from moment to moment, and a faithfulness of conviction is the best anybody can do. To attest to the terrible or to the wonderful, ordinary as they usually are, is incomparably more important than anything else I can imagine saying, and also more original too in the only sense that matters to me, as arising out of the originary perception and judgment of a thoroughly unoriginal person and offered up to the good sense of others no less ordinary and no less originary either, peer to peer.