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Weekend Words: Cuts

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, "Knife Grinder" (1808-1812), Oil on canvas, 68 x 50.5 cm. Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest. (Image via Web Gallery of Art) Click to enlarge.
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, “Knife Grinder” (1808-1812), Oil on canvas, 68 x 50.5 cm. Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest. (Image via Web Gallery of Art) Click to enlarge.

With the threat of sequestration looming over the country all week like the sword of Damocles, Weekend Words has compiled its own set of cuts:

“Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot, which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie”

—Jean Cocteau

“About the time the sun begins to cut laterally across

The western hemisphere with its shadows, its carnival echoes

The fugitive lands crowd under separate names.”

—John Ashbery, “The Task”

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

—Abraham Lincoln

“Post-modernism has cut off the present from all futures. The daily media add to this by cutting off the past. Which means that critical opinion is often orphaned in the present.”

—John Berger

“You better cut the pizza into four pieces. I’m not hungry enough to eat six.”

—Yogi Berra

“It has often been observed that the repercussion of poetic language on prose language can be considered a decisive cut of a whip.”

—Eugenio Montale

“A sculpture is just a painting cut out and stood up somewhere.”

—Frank Stella

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