The Art of Tetman Callis

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Would we know it if we saw it

April 3rd, 2012 · 2 Comments

“It is not death that is to be feared but, rather—and something history should be devoted to demonstrating—the loss of excellence.” — William H. Gass, “There Was an Old Woman Who,” from Tests of Time

Tags: Lit & Crit · William H. Gass

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  • 1 Averil Dean // Apr 3, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    That’s assuming there was excellence to lose. One of the comforts of mediocrity is a slow and almost imperceptible descent.

  • 2 Tetman Callis // Apr 4, 2012 at 6:26 am

    There was. There is. Mediocrity is death. Worse than death. Living death. Entropy. Waste.

    Yes, I feel strongly about this.

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