…mathematics highly polished and slick as a green onion to the teeth…

William Saroyan (1908 - 1981)

William Saroyan (1908 – 1981)

“This earth, the face of one who lived, the form without the weight, weeping upon snow, white music, the magnified flower twice the size of the universe, black clouds, the caged panther staring, deathless space, Mr. Eliot with rolled sleeves baking bread, Flaubert and Guy de Maupassant, a wordless rhyme of early meaning, Finlandia, mathematics highly polished and slick as a green onion to the teeth, Jerusalem, the path to the paradox.”

From the short story “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze” by William Saroyan   (1934)

An excerpt from the first part (titled “SLEEP”) of this wonderful short story, where a fountain of words, almost without any verbs, is used to represent a dream. Saroyan mentions Mathematics in a way open to many interpretations.



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