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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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October 31, 2012


One of my favorites from Leaves of Grass is Song of Myself:

Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of
all poems,
You shall possess the good of the earth and sun, (there are millions
of suns left,)
You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look
through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in
You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me,
You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self.

I can see how these two books work well together, Whitman is a very concise and precise author with fantastic word choice. One thing that's always stood out to me about good writers is how economical they are with words.

I have so many books now, both physical and ebook that I wish I could just take a month off to read. I like audio books if Jeff and I are "reading" together, but I much prefer the act of reading, and creating the voice in my head.

whitman is my favorite <3

What a wonderful post to read today of all days!! Nov 1 = Nanowrimo, National Novel Writing Month, a month of sheer abandon and fun trying to rough out 50,000 words by the month's end. November got here faster than I wanted and this book sounds like a nice treat to inspire me on. I'm getting the book today! Thanks for a great post--Here's to hoping you snatch back some of that lost reading time.

I think you would love Eudora Welty's _On Writing_. Another beautiful book that was part of her larger work, _The Eye of the Story_. _On Writing_ will stay with you...

Angel - I totally agree with you about real, physical books. I do enjoy audiobooks, but there is something enjoyable about flipping actual pages that is hard to give up.

Lori - you totally inspired me to read this poem.

Sharon - I was going to send you an email about this book! I owe you a message. Thanks for the other recs.

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