Thanksgiving Is Ruined
May 02, 2007
when minimalism backfires
[T]heir ennui was so tiresome that the old woman would often say to them,
from the conclusion to Voltaire's Candide (1759)
(alternate translation here)
At other times her silence seemed deliberately assumed to conceal far-reaching intentions, mysterious conclusions drawn from suspicions and resentments impossible to guess.
Would you like to say
But does not the concept of a "backfire" presuppose a "back" and a "front"? How the minimalism does not sound would depend on which direction you're pointed, whether you are on the end of the receiver (who may pick up cryptic silence) or the end of the transmitter (who may think they're sending volumes)? I guess so.