The Incomparable Paco

Posted on August 5, 2008. Filed under: over my shoulder, quotation |

Over my shoulder:

“You have to be overindulgent to think that a metaphor is something direct. An arrow homing in on a target painted in black on the wall. It is not. It is dangerous, double-edged material. It is an ambiguous resource. It is the writer who creates it, but it is the reader who reinterprets it, adapting it to his own very particular aches and pains. You do not even own the ribbon in the printer you use.”

— José Daniel Fierro, “the one and only, mixed-up and perplexed Traveling Irrationality Salesman,”
in Paco Ignacio Taibo II’s Leonardo’s Bicycle (174)


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