Saturday, December 27, 2014


What's a Man Got Brains For?

Elias Canetti (1905-1994), Auto-da-Fé, Part II, Chapter I (tr. C.V. Wedgwood; Fischerle speaking):
A person who can't play chess, isn't a person. Chess is a matter of brain, I always say. A person may be twelve foot tall, but if he doesn't play chess, he's a fool. I play chess. I'm not a fool. Now I'm asking you; answer me if you like. If you don't, don't answer me. What's a man got brains for? I'll tell you, or you'll be worrying your head about it, wouldn't that be a shame? He's got brains to play chess with. Do you get me? Say yes, then that's that. Say no, I'll explain it all over again, for you.

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