May 5, 2007

James McGowan is a moron

Filed under: Literature, Sarcasm — duncan @ 1:16 pm

Just started re-reading (or tried to) my Oxford World’s Classics edition of The Flowers of Evil. The English text is defaced by asterisks the size of boulders. Turning to the endnotes to find what comments elucidate the last line of The Albatross (“He cannot walk, his wings are in the way”), one discovers this:

“an albatross is a large sea bird with exceptionally long, narrow wings, which enable it to soar at great heights, but which are virtually useless on the ground.”

Good grief. Thanks for that, James McGowan. Unfortunately I still find the poem obscure: I don’t know what a “bird” is. More endnotes needed.


  1. Oi, I’m not!

    Comment by James McGowan — July 25, 2007 @ 7:51 am

  2. I know, I know. Scroll up, scroll up. Full apology above. (Are you really James McGowan though?)

    Comment by praxisblog — July 25, 2007 @ 12:11 pm

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