I babble in an unknown tongue

I was turning over certain rowing-related matters in my mind today, and chanced upon a memory:
“What are your fees?" inquired Guyal cautiously. 
"I respond to three questions," stated the augur. "For twenty terces I phrase the answer in clear and actionable language; for ten I use the language of cant, which occasionally admits of ambiguity; for five, I speak a parable which you must interpret as you will; and for one terce, I babble in an unknown tongue.”
Vance, of course. I discover that I've had occasion to use this before; once every five years is not unreasonable. It may be convenient to write it here, not connected to other blog-related matters, so I have.


* There's no light the foolish can see better by.
A Case for Repealing All Antitrust Legislation - CH of course, but touches on the way conventional economics is equilibrium
* From Ronald Coase‘s 1972 article “Industrial Organization: A Proposal for Research”]
The variability diet - VV


CapitalistImperialistPig said...

I've often wondered what the heck you were talking about.

Steve Bloom said...

Those Oakland boys are smart. Learn to listen to them.

John Bowles said...

I have silkscreened t-shirts for sale reading "DOWN WITH CAPITALISM" for $19.99 each.

dave said...

Star King is perfect.


For $9.99 each you can get DOWN WITH THE ADEQUATE FISH GOD YOB.

Hank Roberts said...


William M. Connolley said...

Obscure, but Google gets me the Eyes of the Overworld. Good, but not a favourite, though the lead amulets that are not obvious inefficacious is a nice piece of language.

William M. Connolley said...

[See "Demon Prince: The Dissonant Worlds of Jack Vance".]

angech said...

The demon princes are a fantastic 5 set. I read Star King when I was about 15, one other from a second hand bookshop years later and got the whole set on the internet Amazon maybe 8 years ago.
Thank you for your quote and interest.
Amazing mind and amazing statuesque ending.
There is hope for you yet.