[PW] Request help tracing Rebecca West quotation in 1928 Saturday Evening Post

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Thu Oct 29 13:29:19 PDT 2015

Thank you all for your helpful and insightful conversation.

Scans from the December 8, 1928 issue of "The Saturday Evening Post"
were sent to me by a kind person at Berkeley. An entry about this
quotation is now available:

There Is No Such Thing as Conversation. It Is an Illusion. There Are
Intersecting Monologues, That Is All

The acknowledgement includes the following:

[Begin excerpt]
Many thanks to the discussants on the Wombats mailing list including:
John Cowan, Claire, Barbara Schmidt, Brian Whatcott, and Mark Halpern.
Cowan pointed out the pertinence of the lectior difficilior potior
[End excerpt]

Feedback and additional citations welcome,

On Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 3:01 PM, John Cowan <cowan at mercury.ccil.org> wrote:
> brian whatcott scripsit:
>> There! It is settled then: the first reading is obfuscatory on its face
>>  while the second is instead, provocatively revealing.
> That's true, but does not count as a principle of textual evidence:  plenty
> of people say very obvious things.  The principle is exhibited solely in
> the fact that _interesting_ is a common word and _intersecting_ is not.
> Quote Investigator didn't gain its more-than-stellar reputation by making
> dubious assumptions about content.  (You could argue, indeed, that a
> published misquotation is as good a quotation as any other quotation,
> and should be treated as a legitimate version of the text, but I don't
> go that far.)
> --
> John Cowan          http://www.ccil.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
> You let them out again, Old Man Willow!
> What you be a-thinking of?  You should not be waking!
> Eat earth!  Dig deep!  Drink water!  Go to sleep!
> Bombadil is talking.
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