Sunday, March 4

Name Reads

Sometimes I come across name-talk in whatever book I'm reading. I'll start chronicling those finds here, in Name Reads — 

"Don't you feel it's this very feverishness that is preventing you from being properly satisfied with the real names of things, and that now, in your frantic haste, you're just pelting them with any old names? You can't do it fast enough. But hardly have you run away from them when you've forgotten the names you gave them. The poplar in the fields, which you've called 'Tower of Babel' because you didn't want to know it was a poplar, sways again without a name ..."

 ~ from the short story "Description of a Struggle," by Franz Kafka

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