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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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November 24, 2009


You finished it? That means I can steal it from you!

Ha! I'm reading this right now, too. Much, much better than How To Be Good & Long Way Down which had me scared there for his future novels and made me think I should just stick to the Guardian/Believer essays.

Read High Fidelity if you have a spare patch on your nightstand. I'd qualify the rest of his catalog as pleasure reads but that one, well, it's sort of brilliant.

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