Marginalia, no.81

She had Parkinson’s. She shook like a leper in the wind.

~ Gore Vidal, on Katherine Hepburn

A good example of what we’ll call ‘charming uncharitableness.’  I read it, laughed out loud – and then felt like a perfect bastard.  But even when masked by genius (that simile!), unkindnesses like this remind us of the complications that come of saying something at all when you have nothing particularly nice to say.

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  1. Colin

    thank you, Ian, for the very memorable and apt phrase: “the complications that come of saying something at all when you have nothing particularly nice to say.” I intend to substitute this phrase whenever I’m tempted to say, “Open mouth, insert foot.” In turn, this means I’ll be using your phrase rather frequently.

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