the paperclip

“Never, btw (which, unlike ‘poststructuralism,’ is a word in Word
spellcheck), ask that androgynous paper clip anything. S/he is
just a stooge for management, leading you down more rabbit holes
of options for things called Wizards, Macros, Templates, and
Cascading Style Sheets.”

– Louis Menand, commenting on Microsoft Word, in the New Yorker
article “The End Matter” (October 6, 2003).

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respectability

“The great artists of the world are never Puritans and seldom
respectable. No virtuous man — that is, virtuous in the YMCA
sense — has ever painted a picture worth looking at, or written
a symphony worth hearing, or a book worth reading.”

– H. L. Mencken