Marginalia, no.52

By then I had only an hour or so to catch the plane, so I began to curse, which I do well.  The secret of good cursing lies in cadence, emphasis, and antiphony.  The basic themes are always the same.  Conscious striving after variety is not to be encouraged, because it takes your mind off your cursing.

~ A.J. Liebling, The Road Back to Paris

No true master ever failed to respect the rules that govern his art.  It’s the negative space within the frame that gives shape and power to the portrait, damn it.

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