a fool in the forest

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  • A fool, a fool! I met a fool i' the
        forest,
    A motley fool; a miserable world!
    As I do live by food, I met a fool
    Who laid him down and bask'd him
        in the sun,
    And rail'd on Lady Fortune in good
        terms,
    In good set terms and yet a motley
        fool.

    As You Like It,
    Act II, Scene 7

    L'homme y passe à travers des
        forêts de symboles
    Qui l'observent avec des regards
        familiers.

    Les Fleurs du Mal,
    “Correspondances”

    [T]here is almost no subject-matter, and what little one can disentangle is foolish....
    One would call the style verbose, except that by definition verbosity is the use of words in excess of the occasion, and there seems to be no occasion.

    Yvor Winters,
    Forms of Discovery, Ch. 7


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    June 25, 2004

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    david giacalone

    Not another one of George's lists!? As usual, you are a Bold Dude. However, I'm surprised that the following albums were not in Bold print on the list of our Illustriously Eclectic Fool.
    xe
    4. Astral Weeks, Van Morrison
    5. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles
    6. The Beatles ['White Album'], The Beatles
    40. Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin
    50. Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake, Small Faces
    51. The Yes Album, Yes
    57. Village Green Preservation Society, The Kinks
    82. Basket Of Light, Pentangle
    83. My Generation, The Who
    91. Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin

    "I hope I die before I get old!"

    George Wallace

    Just keeping myself honest, David: I have never actually owned any of those very fine albums, nor listened to them straight through on a less than fleeting basis. I know and enjoy an awful lot of the music that's on them though. (And I did bold "Sgt. Pepper.") Nice of you to assume that I'd know the Pentangle album. And isn't it interesting that of The Who's 'concept'-type albums, it's "Tommy" that's not on the list?

    Rick Coencas

    Unsurprisingly, our lists (axis) bold (as love) would be very similar. I would add but a few it it were my list, inclucing:
    Astral Weeks, Van Morrison
    The Beatles ['White Album'], The Beatles
    John Lennon And The Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon And The Plastic Ono Band
    All Mod Cons, The Jam
    Paranoid, Black Sabbath
    But would have to admit never having actually owned Exile on Main Street, and you've got me with The Verve, Coldplay and Human League.
    I was also very happy to see that Here Come the Warm Jets made the Observer's cut.

    George Wallace

    Rick, among the eminent panelists I know that you would particularly approve of Morrisey's views: asked to list ten great albums, he insists that "he can only think of one truly great British album and that this is it" -- Roxy Music's "For Your Pleasure."

    Readers, for Rick's perspicacious take on that very fine album, click through here.

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