Sunday, 20 January 2013

X-ray words

"But what? What is there more important to say? And how can one be violent about the sort of things one's expected to write about?  Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they'll go through anything.  You read and you're pierced.  That's one of the things I try to teach my students -- how to write piercingly.  But what on earth's the good of being pierced by an article about the Community Sing, or the latest improvement in scent organs?  Besides, can you make words really piercing -- you know, like the very hardest X-rays -- when you're writing about that sort of thing?  Can you say something about nothing?  That's what  it finally boils down to.  I try and I try ..."

Brave New World  Aldous Huxley


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