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“There’s a hell of a distance between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.”

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source: The Paris Review Interviews, vol. I (New York: Picador, 2006), 9.

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notes: Originally published in Issue 13 of The Paris Review, 1956.

“He knew what’s what, and that’s as high
As metaphysic wit can fly…”

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source: Hudibras (London: Alex. Murray & Son, 1869), 27.

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medium: poetry

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