Sunday, September 30, 2012
Janus-post: look both ways
Appreciation! Recognition! is Jove appreciated? Why, ever since Adam, who has got to the meaning of his great allegory--the world? Then we pigmies must be content to have our paper allegories but ill comprehended.
--Melville to Hawthorne, in reply to a letter about Moby Dick, long considered a failure
"Thank goodness you're a failure--it's why I so distinguish you! Anything else to-day is too hideous. Look about you--look at the successes. Would you be one, on your honour?”
--Henry James, The Ambassadors