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Unread postby icycalm » 25 Oct 2018 21:46

Anonymous wrote:years ago i read icycalm and thought he was a lunatic; now i read him and i think he might be a genius. what changed?

Anonymous wrote:nothing. he was a genius then and he's a genius now. that arcade culture essay is solid gold and his Essays page is one of the greatest things on the internet. when it comes to vidya he's the world's greatest critic, he really is. he's no saint, that's for sure. but when it comes to videogame stuff he knows what he's talking about.

He changed.

Lichtenberg wrote:A sure sign of a good book is that the older we grow the more we like it. A youth of 18 who wanted and above all could say what he felt would say of Tacitus something like the following: Tacitus is a difficult writer who knows how to depict character: and sometimes gives excellent descriptions, but he affects obscurity and often introduces into the narration of events remarks that are not very illuminating; you have to know a lot of Latin to understand him. At 25 perhaps, assuming he has in the interim done more than read, he will say: Tacitus is not the obscure writer I once took him for, but I have discovered that Latin is not the only thing you need to know to understand him—you have to bring a great deal with you yourself. And at 40, when he has come to know the world, he may perhaps say: Tacitus is one of the greatest writers who ever lived.
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