Lane Batot sent in this quote from “that clever ‘Anonymous’ person”:

“Pedigree indicates what the animal is supposed to be; Conformation indicates what the animal appears to be; Function indicates what the animal actually is.”


“In my rucksack I took Mandelstam’s Journey to Armenia and Hemingway’s In Our Time. Six months later I came back with the bones of a book that, this time, did get published. While stringing its sentences together, I thought that telling stories was the only conceivable occupation for a superfluous person such as myself.”

Bruce Chatwin in 1983, on the genesis of In Patagonia.

Stil another quote

From Carlos Martinez  del Rio, a man with a serious library, a quote from Giacomo Leopardi, “… a wonderful Italian poet of the early 19th century” :

“Works of  ‘literary’ genius have the intrinsic quality, that even when they capture exactly the nothingness of things, or vividly reveal and make us feel life’s inevitable unhappiness, or express the most acute hopelessness… they are always a source of consolation and renewed enthusiasm.”


Another quote

From the late Christopher Hitchens, via  Jackson, who said of it (remember, he is Orthodox): “…   [he’s] both cynologically and theologically astute (atheist or no)…”

Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.

Hmmm. I can’t speak to theology, but I would suggest it applies, but only to “derived” modern dogs, not to the tazis, laikas, and other so- called Primitives, who seem to go about entirely confident that they are at least minor household gods… Ataika for instance:

Poster by Arthur

Darwinian quote

Annie D got this from some Internet meme about retired people’s opinions. I like it.

“I’m not saying let’s go kill all the stupid people.  I’m just saying let’s remove all the warning labels and let the problem work itself out.”


“Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain the potency of life in them to be as active as that soul whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.”

Milton, Aeropagitica (HT Teddy Moritz)


“The compact between writing and walking is almost as old as literature–a walk is only a step away from a story, and every path tells.”

Rob Macfarlane, in The Old Ways ; sent by Guy Boyd.

As Bruce Chatwin quoted, from St Jerome I think, Solvitur ambulando. Would that I could still walk the way I used to; I expect much that seems hard would be solved.