06 August 2009

The poet with the world's shortest hair tells it like it is

I write to infuriate my colleagues ... With such intellectual readers as mine, I am obliged ... to say that I consider a man intelligent only when his intelligence has a temperament, since a really intelligent man resembles millions of really intelligent men. Therefore, as far as I am concerned, a man of subtlety or refinement is nearly always nothing but an idiot.

- Arthur Cravan, quoted in Dada culture: critical texts on the avant-garde (a book with little else to recommend it)

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