Writer’s Workshop: Curiouser and Curiouser!

Whenever I hear the wod "curious," it makes me think of one of two things. The first is the line Alice says in either Alice In Wonderland or Through The Looking Glass. I didn’t read either book until I was in college, taking a course in novels. Another book we read in that class was Nabokov’s Lolita, so we spent a good deal of time talking about older men obsessed with little girls. In the latter example, it was Humbert Humbert with the obsession; in the two others, it was the author, Lewis Carroll, who had the obsession. Nabokov used to call him "Lewis Lewis Carroll Carroll." That according to the professor (a woman, by the way), who seemed a little peculiar herself. The day she declared that eleven-year-old girls are the most beautiful creatures on earth is the day I dropped the class…

Curiouser and curiouser, indeed!

The other thing I think of is the aphorism "curiosity killed the cat." That’s usually warning given to people who are letting their curiosity take them in areas they ought not go and poke around where they oughtn’t, that going there and doing that can have dangerous, perhaps fatal, consequences. There are many areas where this might apply, and not all of them involve the United States Government….

6 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Curiouser and Curiouser!

    1. Considering the amount of taxpayer dollars that go to fund these foreign incursions and other projects that the average taxpayer funds without any say, I would definitely agree. You realize that the NIH (Anthony Fauci, proprietor) paid the money to fund the gain-of-function research that made the whole coronavirus possible, don’t you?

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  1. I was always impressed by the way you could find “common wisdom” proverbs on opposing sides of whatever wisdom they attempted to present: “A stitch in time saved nine!” (hurry up!) “Haste makes waste!” (Don’t hurry). They do not form a reliable and consistent body of usable knowledge.

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