the rigorous m

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quote: carson’s definition of a scholar

Posted by rigorousm on June 14, 2012

Introduction

… To explain what I do is simple enough. A scholar is someone who takes a position. From which position, certain lines become visible. You will at first think am painting the lines myself; it’s not so. I merely know where to stand to see the lines that are there. And the mysterious thing, it is a very mysterious thing, is how these lines do paint themselves. Before there were any edges or angles or virtue—who was there to ask the questions? Well, let’s not get carried away with exegesis. A scholar is someone who knows how to limit himself to the matter at hand.

– Anne Carson, “PART IV: THE LIFE OF TOWNS,” Plainwater. p 93

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