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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."


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June 28, 2006


When I took Recent Writing a few years ago we read a book of short stories called Believers, by Charles Baxter. I think you might like it.

And of course, Ray Bradbury, although he wrote one story that I still can't bear to think about because it creeps me out so much.

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