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May 4, 2018

"To emphasize only the beautiful seems to me to be like a mathematical system that only concerns itself with positive numbers" — Paul Klee


I read the quotation above on the evening of April 6, 2007 (don't ask), in the opening sentence of a restaurant review by Lauren Collins that appeared in the April 9, 2007 issue of The New Yorker.

It's the best distillation I've come across of why things that seem to carry with them an air of decay, despair, and dismay have as much to offer — in the very best sense — as those that universally receive acclaim for their perfection and beauty.

A different way of looking at an essay by E. M. Cioran or a poem by Wislawa Szymborska.

May 4, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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