"A shell is a very suitable covering for the egg at a certain period of its career, but very unsuitable at a later age."
TE Hulme, Lecture On Modern Verse
Never encountered this phrase until a couple of weeks ago. And now literally everyone's saying it, everywhere, all the time.
'Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.'
Juvenal, Satire 10.77-81
Scott Walker fingers the fading outline of a biro tattoo in a dusty Tottenham boozer. Drakey's pissing away the last £3.85 of his JSA. Maybe Tim'll come by later. Man, he never got over Jeff. Leonard's in the corner. He's wearing that stupid beret. He ain't said nothing for months. Four in the afternoon, start of October. We're at the top of the road that leads down into winter. The Last Good Day of the Year...