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Short Shrift

on E.M. Cioran

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a Romanian philosopher and essayist who emigrated to Paris in 1937. wrote some dark but lyrical shit. fairly unmemorable essay, though.

Steiner, G. (2009). Short Shrift. In Steiner, G. At the New Yorker. New Directions, pp. 239-248

a brief moral saying taken from ancient or popular or other sources, often quoted without context; as an adjective, means either given to aphoristic expression, or just referring to an aphoristic expression. or: 'in a way that tries to sound important or intelligent, especially by expressing moral judgements'

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sententia (the Latin name for a one-sentence dictum or proposition)

—p.240 by George Steiner
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sententia (the Latin name for a one-sentence dictum or proposition)

—p.240 by George Steiner
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understatement (feminine)

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A litote, as we find it persistently in the greatest of all French writers--in Racine--is the tightly, densely concentrated expression of some central immensity, or even enormity, in human recognitions and emotions.

—p.240 by George Steiner
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A litote, as we find it persistently in the greatest of all French writers--in Racine--is the tightly, densely concentrated expression of some central immensity, or even enormity, in human recognitions and emotions.

—p.240 by George Steiner
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loud, reverberating, and often melancholy

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the plangent but self-mocking lilt

—p.242 by George Steiner
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the plangent but self-mocking lilt

—p.242 by George Steiner
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(noun) follower disciple / (noun) an inferior imitator

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Our arts and letters are, arguably, those of epigones.

—p.243 by George Steiner
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Our arts and letters are, arguably, those of epigones.

—p.243 by George Steiner
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to walk or perform another act while asleep or in a sleeplike condition

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Our responses to crises display a certain somnambular automatism.

—p.243 by George Steiner
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Our responses to crises display a certain somnambular automatism.

—p.243 by George Steiner
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a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly (plural: encomia). as the adjective encomiastic, means bestowing praise, eulogistic, laudatory

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a graduate student launched on an encomium of times past

—p.244 by George Steiner
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a graduate student launched on an encomium of times past

—p.244 by George Steiner
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(adjective) shut off from the light; dark murky / (adjective) hard to understand; obscure / (adjective) causing gloom

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they flatter the writer with the tenebrous incense of the oracular

—p.245 by George Steiner
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they flatter the writer with the tenebrous incense of the oracular

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(noun) the belief that the world tends to improve and that humans can aid its betterment

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Cioran's stoic élitism, his rejection of meliorism à l'américaine

—p.247 by George Steiner
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Cioran's stoic élitism, his rejection of meliorism à l'américaine

—p.247 by George Steiner
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