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  •  Then you wouldn't see half of it, by your sig line (4+ / 0-)

    Surely half the strangeness we know lies in human nature.

    Terence said that, didn't he? The opposite of the Rethug dictum, "Noone alien is human to me".

    My own reaction to your comment:

    Only in the sense that strange art alienates us momentarily out of our usual complacency. In a larger sense, I don't like "alienation" as much because, to me, it implies a coldness, a deadening of passion. The "strangeness" Bloom writes of, when it works, provokes some passion in our fresh response.

    But perhaps you are seeing different implications in the words.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 01:37:33 PM PST

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