Word of the Day: funambulist
origin: from the Latin "funis". meaning "rope"
+ "ambulare", meaning "to walk"
1. One who performs on a tightrope or a slack rope.
"We find Descartes desperately locating the soul, for want
of any better place, in the pineal gland. The Cartesian God
is a funambulist balancing for some perfectly unaccountable
reason atop a perfectly intelligible world."
--Raoul Vaneigem, "The Revolution of Everyday Life"
"This novel has a most astonishing control over time. Brown
is a dancing funambulist of a writer who breath-takingly
shifts back and forth between events."
--Literary Critic D.J. Taylor, commenting on "Decorations in a
Ruined Cemetery" by John Gregory Brown (in the New Statesman)
Publish Date: 08/02/2011