Friday, January 29, 2016


What Will You Do When You Retire?

Frank Kermode (1919-2010), Not Entitled: A Memoir (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995), pp. 164-165 (Golding = William Golding):
Another thing comes to mind as typical of Golding: he once asked me whether I was keeping up my Greek. When I admitted I wasn't, he asked, "But what will you do when you retire if you can't read Homer?" Greek was basic know-how. Having it, you could see how Homer worked, and also Achilles. That's where I fall down.
Hat tip: Ian Jackson.

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