New Year Greetings from The Arts Fuse

Ludwig Wittgenstein: For patent nonsense.

Words of solace and insight for the New Year culled by Harvey Blume (Short Fuse)—the sentiments are shared by the rest of the Arts Fuse contributors and editorial staff. This has been a great year for the magazine, and there are exciting developments to come.


My aim is: to teach you to pass from a piece of disguised nonsense to
something that is patent nonsense.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Much will be gained if we succeed in transforming your hysterical
misery into common unhappiness.

Sigmund Freud

Our hero learned to point and click soon after learning to walk and as
a consequence never fully mastered verbal communication.

John Burdett

When teenagers aren’t turning like weathervanes in a high wind,
they’re as stiff as Puritans.

Stephen King

You let yourself think, oh, it’s a gesture, it’s just a dead shark,
every natural history museum is full of them, but then you stand in a
gallery with it, and, well. . .

Michael Cunningham

If soccer were an American invention, wouldn’t some European
intellectual maintain that our historically puritanical nature has
compelled us to invent a game structured on anti-masturbatory

Don LeLillo

I start from one point and go as far as possible. But, unfortunately,
I never lose my way.

John Coltrane

We wanted the best, but it turned out like always.
Viktor Chernomyrdin

Studies have shown that women find caring for their children less
pleasurable than napping or jogging and only slightly more satisfying
than doing the dishes.

Elizabeth Kolbert

It may well be our brains are wired up to be slightly more optimistic
than they should be.

V.S. Ramachandran

Only then does he realize what he has done to Mirabelle, how wanting a
square inch of her and not all of her has damaged them both, and how
he cannot justify his actions except that, well, it was life.

Steve Martin

I couldn’t fathom hurting someone who didn’t want it, but how many
people get to experience the moral loophole of hurting someone who
wants to be hurt?

Melissa Febos

We live in an art world where all that is any longer happening–or at
least all that anybody is willing to talk about–is the search for the
next happening.

Jed Perl

Just because an idea can be proved doesn’t mean it’s true.
Jonah Lehrer

Bob Feller: For the physics of the fastball.

Trying to sneak a fastball by Ted Williams was like trying to sneak a
sunbeam by a rooster in the morning.

Bob Feller

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  1. Maureen on December 31, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Great quotes. Here’s to a wonderful New Year. Thank you for wonderful writing and excellent criticism.

  2. Harvey Blume on January 1, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Thank you.
    Glad you enjoyed these fragments.

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