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August 30 , 2010

A Commonplace Book 2013


From the Introduction of Joseph K. Perloff: "A commonplace book is a collection of aphorisms, maxims, proverbs, parables, quotations, ambiguities, and amphiboles – nuggets of language that carry considerable weight…. Each commonplace book is necessarily unique, reflecting the individual sensibility of the compiler who personally selects every entry. There are many variants, each of which is distinctive, personal, and often peculiar.... I prefer aphorisms that are funny, quirky, enigmatic, offbeat, and must be thought through, such as the propositions in Wittgenstein's Tractatus, 'The world of the happy is a happy world,' or the opening sentence of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, 'Happy families are all alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,' or Charlie Chan's 'Truth like football, receive many kicks before reaching goal' (Yunte Huang)."

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