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September 28, 2005
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That's my weblog theme, since as Geoffrey Hartman avers on my About page, "Style is an index of how the writer deals with the consciousness of mediation. Style is not cognitive only; it is also recognitive."
In some self-serving recognition of that view, I thought today to indicate two of my favorite YGS posts, and the text of my all-time favorite YGS passage. I'll try to be concise.
My two posts are easy:
So what's my favorite YGS passage? From Aldo Leopold: Good Oak, Good Cedar, Good History, this paragraph, marking the recurring struggle faced in one's occasionally crossing from an old place to a new:
Now I'll let you judge why so few words, happily indeed, matter so much to me today.Permalink
Those words matter, dear Styles — our "acknowledged legislator" of the word, to paraphrase both you and Shelley — because the saw, the wedge, and the axe are exactly the tools with which we shape our language.
And, to think of it, perhaps to shape other aspects of our joint cultural heritage as well.
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