Alec Nevala-Lee

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Northrop Frye

Ask the greatest of intellects to give you some help by indicating from his own experience how to use the mind. What the hell could he say that couldn’t be translated into the slogans of the sort of book Thurber deals with in Let Your Mind Alone? Train your mind. Adopt regular habits. Concentrate your powers on the task in hand. Eliminate prejudice and see the world as it really is. Two dollars at your nearest drugstore. What more could Aristotle say? What more does Jesus actually say? I suppose everyone knows this, but one of the major activities of art consists in sharpening the edge of platitudes to make them enter the soul as realities.

Northrop Frye

Written by nevalalee

December 20, 2012 at 7:30 am

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