He had a vulgar inclination to make everything clear… He couldn’t see that to grasp a delicate thing outright was often to crush it.
~ Charles Portis, Masters of Atlantis
The principle of therapeutic mystification: that occultation of a thing proves beneficial. The witch-doctor nods; the writer, artist, philosopher, theologian, and academic too. ‘Apollo, the god of prophecy,’ says Rabelais, ‘is surnamed Loxias, the Indirect.’ He’s also patron of music, poetry, the arts, medicine, and truth.