French Hair Splitting & Writer’s Pleasure Seepage

Hi everybody, and Happy New Year 2018!

I was writing an article called “Can our New Year’s Resolutions become our Best Wishes for others?”, where I spilled that I mostly wanted to carry on writing my little articles.

I split hairs in some of them, and, well, I like it. I have pleasure thinking about these micro-tools, patterns and other useless French thingumbobs. Plenty of fun!

In French we call it “Couper les cheveux en quatre” : “To cut hairs in four” – as you maybe know, for us a hair is a strand of hair, as we have many, we have “hairs” on our head (DES cheveux).

I know you say “to split hair”, I suppose the image is you split a strand of hair all along the line, right? In France we just take a strand of hair and cut it in four pieces, haha.

 

If I blog, it’s because I like to share, and I hope an article-tool can maybe be useful for one or a few persons. But what I love the most, it’s when someone feels that an article talks about something one knew, but one had never seen it written anywhere before. A little crystallization. Like : “Heyyyy but he’s right!”.

Splitting hairs, why? I know it’s negatively charged, but I imagine it’s OK too. It talks about taking a magnifier, to focus, to take care of a concept so small that nobody thought it deserved a study. It’s quirky but smiling. Meticulousness. Méticulosité.

 

I got a key from a reader (hello SHESOU_HEHYOU!) a few days ago in an article about how to find the smile in Cioran or Bernhard : From frowny eyes to hilarity : When you have to “find the fun” – Cioran & Bernhard.

She wrote :

Perhaps, it is just as Barthes said, in the Le plaisir du texte (1973), of ‘Jouissance’ :
“If I read this sentence, this story, or this word with pleasure, it is because they were written in pleasure (such pleasure does not contradict the writer’s complaints).”

That’s a good key, my friends : write, write, and write. As long as you have pleasure, even if you split hairs, or complain : you’re on a good path.

 

Have a nice day!

Jean-Pascal

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And also this : Paul Valéry about “writing for someone”?

 

 

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