Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Trumping the Schools of Novelty and Quietude

It’s right that Poe would draw the lines. Quietude vs. Novelty. And then supply the more accurate direction:
But the true originality--true in respect of its purpose--is that which, in bringing out the half-formed, the reluctant, or the unexpressed fancies of mankind, or in exciting the more delicate pulses of the heart's passion, or in giving birth to some universal sentiment or instinct in embryo, thus combines with the pleasurable effect of apparent novelty, a real egotistic delight.
Ah, The School of Originality. I knew Poe hadn’t gone over to the dark side. Life is never as black and white as some would have us believe. Everything Avant isn't original; neither is everything traditional. There are cheap novelties. And there is listless quietude. But then there is that Third Way.

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