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“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not”*…

 

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Occhiolism

n. the awareness of the smallness of your perspective, by which you couldn’t possibly draw any meaningful conclusions at all, about the world or the past or the complexities of culture, because although your life is an epic and unrepeatable anecdote, it still only has a sample size of one, and may end up being the control for a much wilder experiment happening in the next room.

Just one of the sadnesses catalogued in “The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows“…

… a compendium of invented words written by John Koenig [c.f., here]. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language—to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for…

* Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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As we bury our heads in our hands, we might recall that it was on this date in 1920 that Zelda Sayre and F. Scott Fitzgerald were married in the Rectory of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.  They adjourned with friends to the Biltmore Hotel, where they intended to honeymoon, but were thrown out that night for rowdiness.  (Undeterred, they moved two blocks down 42nd Street to the Commodore Hotel… from which they were ejected, again for rowdiness, a few days later, at which point, they took the party to Westport for the summer.)

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Written by LW

April 3, 2015 at 1:01 am

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