Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Genius

Today is the Mercury Awards shortlist, that excuse for overexcitable journalists and bloggers to start throwing superlatives around to describe perfectly nondescript music. There's something about the music business which seems to attract such description-inflation. I'm toying with the idea of setting up a blog to collect the crazier ones.

It puts me in mind of that lovely Lichtenberg aphorism:

Sometimes men come by the name of genius in the same way that certain insects come by the name of centipede; not because they have a hundred feet, but because most people cannot count above fourteen.

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