Saturday, July 26, 2008

No, Plato, No

"Occasionally his image of the general reader is almost too general to recognize. Who dreads philosophy so much they need easing into Plato like this? 'The word Plato has rather a boring sound. For some reason or other "Plato" always suggests to me a man with a large head and a noble face who never stops talking and from whom it is impossible to escape.'"

— Zadie Smith on E.M. Forster (on the BBC) on Plato, in The New York Review of Books, August 14, 2008