I scarcely need to ask: Have you ever come across a sentence or phrase so exquisitely capturing an idea or feeling that you were compelled to shout, “Why didn’t I write that!”
Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde might be popping into your head about now.
It happens to me all the time, but I then I forget because I’m a flake. Well, guess what. I’m going to keep track now.
Today’s entry belongs to art historian Hugh Honour and appears in his book Neo-Classicism, which was published in 1968 but not discovered and bought by me until two weeks ago at the Princeton Public Library’s used book section for $1.
Honour was talking about conventions so familiar to writers and artists that we master their use but no longer think about what they mean on a cultural or philosophical level.
He called such conventions “Furniture of the Mind.”
You have achieved total victory, Hugh Honour.*
*unless someone else thought of it first and I’m too much of a Philistine to realize that Honour was simply borrowing it.
Please share a thought or phrase below that made you go, “Why didn’t I think of that?”