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Calling a Spade a Tuning Fork

Posted by JJ in Doubletake/Doubletalk (Thursday November 30, 2006 at 8:02 pm)

Ave, dear readers. Again, it is I, Dr. Glaucon Equipoise, Q.E.D., at your service. Today, I address you in search of the answer to an important question: what makes things what they are?

It is a question of considerable age, to be certain. But the Bard’s take, however elegant, only helps us make a mei out of a rose. More challenging by far is to make a rose out of a daisy.

This more ambitious task (or something frightfully like it) is being undertaken at this very moment by the World Chess Federation. In their quest to be recognized as a sport, they will now test competitors for drugs.

A stunning solution, to be sure; but not one without its precedents. Does not salt make food of metal?

Convinced, I close, leaving with you the immortal words of the Thimble Theater Sailor Man:

I yam what I yam.

Are not we all?


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