David Ross (dyvyd) wrote,
David Ross

Phrases Set to Stun III

Consider the case of Goforth Blythely, famous writer.  His plan for literary immortality is both simple, and ingenious, and may very probably work. Time will tell.

He has put all his hopes into one magnum opus, or rather, more of a "tiny opus,"-- but even the word opus itself may be too large.

The work is called:  "I Tend to Aphorism." 

It is, so far as I know, the only book in English (or any other language) for which the title of the book represents the book's entire content.

Blythely rarely gives interviews, but in the one short interview he gave after the book's release, he made the following remarks:

"I got the idea from the email practice of headlining the message content so that the reader was informed without the necessity of opening up the actual message.  I can let people know about the book via postings and word-of-mouth. Everyone can talk about it without embarrassment, because not much reading is involved. I get no royalties, but never have to worry about the book going out of print either.

"The book has absolutely nothing in it to criticize other than it's brevity. Yet,  it's message is clear and ironic. Since my whole purpose for writing it was to become well-known forever, I have avoided all the nonsense of having to struggle with grammar, plot, etc., and of being relegated to the ranks of a particular, time, place, generation, or genre. 

"To the question: "Is it a novel, poem, or biography?" the answer is yes.

"No one should have any problem recalling "I Tend to Aphorism." by Goforth Blythely. You need only have heard about it to know the work whole. In much the same way that Aristotle is remembered solely because his name begins with "A", I will have achieved immortality as the the writer of the shortest most important book ever written. 

"Someone joked that I could have written just  "Aphorism."  But what sort of book would that be at one-quarter the length, without development, without the uncertainty in the course of words?  It would have been a mere title and not a book."
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