Epstein criticises Fish's propensity to cliché, which is accurate enough, but doesn't hesitate to stray into 'cliché country' himself: the sound of one hand clapping, for example.
"Pause a moment to consider the wide reading required to have written that last sentence."The wide reading is clear; the brass is breathtaking.
I'm not sure, Lee, if the Zen reference is a cliche in this case. It struck me as just a point of reference, Epstein designating (as he later explicitly says)his proposition as koan-like, with all that that implies. Though I agree it is risky to use it these days ... unless you're talking Zen.And yes, George, you are tight about the brass
"The Best Book On The Art Of Writing":". . . Harriman House printed another run."http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2012/07/the-best-book-on-the-art-of-writing/