our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness Phaedr. 244a

2012/05/17

the latches of being

What is an adjective? Nouns name the world. Verbs activate the names. Adjectives come from somewhere else. The word adjective (epitheton in Greek) is itself an adjective meaning "placed on top," "added," appended," "imported," "foreign." Adjectives seem fairly innocent additions but look again. These small imported mechanisms are in charge of attaching everything in the world to its place in partcularity. They are the latches of being.~ Anne Carson in Autobiography Of Red