Saturday, August 6, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 289

Intelligent Guff

"It sounds terribly complicated, I know. And I suppose it's really not any better than a notebook."
"Then why all that guff? I don't get it."
"Because," she said carefully, sensing that despite his outward truculence he understood her, "it can happen that - if you practice this art - that the symbols you put next to one another will modify themselves without your choosing it, and that when next you call them forth, they may say something new and revelatory to you, something you didn't know you knew. Out of the proper arrangement of what you do know, what you don't know may arise spontaneously…"
"Hawksquill" and "Auberon"
from John Crowley's
Little, Big