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December 14, 2012

TT: Almanac

"Shaw knows at any moment, on any subject, what he thinks, what you will think, what others have thought, what all this thinking entails; and he takes the most elaborate pains to bring these thoughts to light in a form which is by turns abstract and familiar, conciliatory and aggressive, obvious and inferential, comic and puzzling. In a word, Shaw is perhaps the most consciously conscious mind that has ever thought--certainly the most conscious since Rousseau; which may be why both of them often create the same impression of insincerity amounting to charlatanism."

Jacques Barzun, "Bernard Shaw in Twilight"

Posted December 14, 2012 12:00 AM

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