The aphorism allows one to inhabit briefly a place characterized not by grotesque and vulgar ambition — nor the abuse of those who suffer from it — but by more palatable qualities: what one might call a divine insouciance, what one might call a wild humility. It allows one to fraternize with those who have … Continue reading On the Considerable Value of the Aphorism
1 As a guest at a dinner party, I’m among the very harshest of wine critics: if there’s not enough wine, I become critical. 2 Good wine is better than mediocre wine: that’s obvious. Mediocre wine is much better than no wine at all, however. 3 At the market yesterday, I wanted to buy the … Continue reading Three Tolerable Aphorisms Regarding Wine and Its Consumption
The eighty-eighth installment in our intermittent series. I guard myself against insults, but even moreso against praise. Anyone who insults me is a fool. With those who praise me, it’s different: only some of them are fools.
The eighty-seventh installment in our occasionally dreadful series. I channelled Rodney Dangerfield for a moment and all I got was this natty dread.
The eighty-sixth installment in our divinyl series. Who’s the God of Insouciance? I’d like to add him on Facebook.
The eighty-fifth installment in our super superficial series. That girl — she has less of an hourglass, and more of a stopwatch, figure.
The eighty-fourth installment in our inquisitive series. Answer: More Benson or more Mr. Belvedere? Question: What’s an effective, question-long personality test?
The eighty-third installment in our periodically dramatic series. The phrase Lay-Down Comedian is a euphemism for at least two things — as I will now demonstrate for the audience.
The eighty-second installment in our occasionally unusual series. After reading Le Rochefoucauld, I’m capable of writing only sentence-long maxims. After reading Wodehouse, I can’t restrain myself from effecting the voice of a British aristocrat. For the present aphorism, then, I’ve conducted an experiment: I read only my interior self. “Your interior self?” the reader is … Continue reading Selected Aphorisms #82
The eighty-first installment in our definitely not pornographic series. I read minds, but just for the articles.