29 Apr 2009
A few weeks ago I was reading “Procrustes and the Culture Wars,” an essay from the excellent At Large and At Small by Anne Fadiman. I thought I was fairly decent when it came to Greek mythology, but I’m pretty sure I never heard about Procrustes before. (Surely I would’ve at least remembered that awesome name.) Apparently he would snatch passing travelers and put them on a bed. If they were too tall for it, he’d saw off their limbs. Too short, he’d stretch them. Seriously. I would’ve remembered this.
Anyway, I read this, then the next day this was a word over on Word Journal.
All of this is to say that the more you learn, the bigger the world is. Or something. Anyway, Fadiman refers to this poem in her essay, which is actually not about Procrustes at all.
(Isn’t this enlightening? This blog post pretends to be about something, but is actually about nothing at all.)