October 20, 2005

Beautifully Broken

"Every immigrant is broken, sometimes beautifully." -- from the intro to the new de Kooning bio (Stevens and Swan). One of those irritating grand gnomic phrases destined to be quoted as a meaningful-sounding epigram again and again. But what do they mean? What could they mean?

More gnomically, more ambiguously, every immigrant breaks...


At 10/20/2005 5:33 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This phrase sounds vaguely like, "Black people are oppressed."

You don't imagine all people break eventually, and in their own ways?

At 10/21/2005 7:14 pm, Blogger Jimmy Little said...

Allusion is everything (and "vaguely"'s the word). You know I have no imagination...


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