Challenge or encounter? Composed with Brushes.
In a novel by Philippe Djian called Erogenous Zone the narrator says,"Stupidity alone does not explain why I sit like this glued to a chair. What drives me to write all day and a good part of the night is that something far more terrible is not to to be writing." Reading this made me think of my friend RR , who has written three novels including the recently published Gorgon Times in the last two or is three years, with the same sort of single-mindedness. While I cannot match such dedication, skill or energy, I completely understand the need to be creating something, even something tentative and unsure of itself on a daily basis. Hence I suppose this blog.
When I was at school I remember distinctly finding it difficult to understand the expression "to beg the question" which used to mean, to answer another question while ignoring the one you are supposed to be answering. Though when I did eventually grasp its purpose, I took pleasure in using it because it was an apt description of a common behavioural lapse. In my lifetime and quite recently the expression has come to mean (judging by its wide use or abuse, to pose or ask a question - a clumsy and above all unnecessary phrase far removed from its original intent. A sad decline in language it seems to me.