Capon: The Fertilizing Principal of Unloveliness

“[The world] is a gorgeous old place, full of clownish graces and beautiful drolleries, and it has enough textures, tastes, and smells to keep us intrigued for more time than we have. Unfortunately, however, our response to its loveliness is not always delight: It is, far more often than it should be, boredom. And that is not only odd, it is tragic; for boredom is not neutral – it is the fertilizing principal of unloveliness.”

– Robert Farrar Capon, The Supper of the Lamb (p. 3)

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