Did he really say that?

The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes = GEORGE CARLIN...Stained glass, engraved glass, frosted glass–give me plain glass = JOHN FOWLES...Music is the mathematics of the gods = PYTHAGORAS...Nothing is more fluid than language = R.L.SWIHART

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I Almost Wish I Wrote This

What ballet is to football players, mathematics is to writers, a discipline so beguiling and foreign, so close to a taboo, that it actually attracts a few intrepid souls by virtue of its impregnability. The few writers who have ventured headlong into high-level mathematics—Lewis Carroll, Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace—have been among our most inventive in both the sentences they construct and the stories they create.
Why "Almost," you might ask?
Professor McKinley Morganfield might as well have used a branding iron imprinting a Pythagorean quote on the skulls of all his students at the Lewis Carroll School of Logic.
You can read that quote above every page in this site.
Were I the New Yorker Magazine blogger who wrote this extraordinary essay, my thick Italian head would have demanded the inclusion of those Pythagorean words.
But give extra-credit to my fellow blogger, Alexander Narazyan, for this sentence:
Wordsworth praised “poetry and geometric truth” for “their high privilege of lasting life,” while Edna St. Vincent Millay remarked that “Euclid alone has looked on beauty bare.”
Not only, but also...
I have an infinite calculation of gratitude for artist Istvan Banyai.

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