Black, an empty and deadly colour
"In the beginning God created heaven and earth. The earth was formless and empty: there was darkness on the surface of the earth and the spirit of God hovered over the waters. God said, "Let there be light", and there was light. God saw that the light was good; he separated it from the darkness."
According to the first verses of Genesis, darkness preceded the light, it enveloped the earth when it was still deprived of all living things: the appearance of light was an obligatory condition for life to appear on earth: Fiat lux1 ! For the Bible, or at least for the first account of Creation, black therefore preceded all other colours. It is the primordial colour, but also the one that from the beginning has a negative status: in black, no life is possible; light is good, darkness is not.
For the symbolism of colours, black already appears, after only five biblical verses, as empty and deadly.
[...] the act of reading is a secret, and sometimes fertile, ceremony of communion. Anyone who reads something that is really worth the trouble does not read with impunity. Reading one of those books that breathe when you put them to your ear does not leave you untouched: it changes you, even if only a little bit, it integrates something into you, something that you did not know or had not imagined, and it invites you to seek, to ask questions. And more still: sometimes it can even help you to discover the true meaning of words betrayed by the dictionary of our times. What more could a critical consciousness want?
One piece of information followed by a denial, that's two pieces of information.
The basic project of art is always to make the world whole and comprehensible, to restore it to us in all its glory and its occasional nastiness, not through argument but through feeling, and then to close the gap between you and everything that is not you, and in this way pass from feeling to meaning. It’s not something that committees can do. It’s not a task achieved by groups or by movements. It’s done by individuals, each person mediating in some way between a sense of history and an experience of the world.
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It comes down to the meaning of ‘needless.’ Often a word can be removed without destroying the structure of a sentence, but that does not necessarily mean that the word is needless or that the sentence has gained by its removal.
If you were to put a narrow construction on the word ‘needless,’ you would have to remove tens of thousands of words from Shakespeare, who seldom said anything in six words that could be said in twenty. Writing is not an exercise in excision, it’s a journey into sound. How about [Macbeth’s] ‘tomorrow and ...