Via Frank Key I find this magnificent quote from Elaine Scarry’s Dreaming By The Book (1999):
It is not hard to imagine a ghost successfully. What is hard is to imagine successfully an object, any object, that does not look like a ghost.
It occurred to me that this would be an excellent thing to declare, with complete certainty, at a public gathering. So, further to a suggestion from Frank, I’m hereby launching a new occasional series of Things to Say with Absolute Confidence at Dinner Parties, perhaps with a view to compiling a handbook for confident twaddle-merchants.
Do feel free to suggest your own party-stunners. Here are some to be getting on with…
1) It’s not what you know. It’s not even who you know. It’s who you don’t know in this business.
2) Muggsy Spanier was the cornet player’s cornet player (source: Dearieme)
3) I am actively hostile to the ‘New Year’. (source: Peter Hitchens, via Hooting Yard)
4) Of course, cupcakes have completely ‘gone to Prestatyn’, as the kids say.
5) Entering a room populated by other people sets in place a circumscribed illustration of how embodiment, spatiality, and otherness work together to produce what is peculiar to both the typical and atypical body. Yes, I noticed that distinctly when I came in. (source: Dr Dylan Trigg)