Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Suicidal Fowls, a list
"His is a lively account featuring details of the:
and suicidal fowls
- Fryer: surgeon in the service of the East India Company, in India and Persia until 1681.
“Newly arrived and quite ignorant of the language,
Marco Polo could express himself
only by drawing objects from his baggage:
necklaces of wart hog's teeth...”
- Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
"He had experienced many things:
fishes of unknown colouring,
three contemporaneous suns in the sky,
and showers of gold
that instantly dried up again."
- Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa,
"The raja's palace was full of servants:
specialists at making tea and frosting cakes,
exterminators of mosquiots and spiders,
and may more whose duties amd roles it was impossible to fathom..."
- Ryszard Kapscinski, 'Open World'
"Borges quotes a certain chinese encyclopedia in which it is written that animals are divided into:
(a) belonging to the Emperor,
(d) sucking pigs,
(g) stray dogs,
(h) included in the present classification,
(k) drawn with a very fine camel hair brush,
(l) et cetera,
(m) having just broken the water pitcher,
(n) that from a long way off looks like flies.
- Michel Foucault, 'The Order of Things’
c - listing