Compilations at Troynovant:
short (but rare & intriguing) quotations,
loading & stoking Trains of Thought;
listed by Title

Illuminator's instruments These informal lists of quotations in prose or verse are intended to entertain, and perhaps to stimulate some new and wayward trains of thought. Lists are alphabetical by author, or chronological. Some quotations could as well arrive on one track as another.

The engineer said, when they cheered his name,
"We're right on time, but this is yesterday's train."
"The Rock Island Line"

Disclaimers and Dedications
  enter as a small Prologue, disarmingly
RW Franson

Local Habitation and a Name, A
  the inspiration of words by reality
RW Franson

Mix Pictures of the Mind
  the light of evening
RW Franson

Poetic Troynovant
  renewing Troy in dreaming rhyme
RW Franson

Queen of Dances
  Waltz observations by master writers
RW Franson

Rhetoric or Else
  persuasive speech, or — ?
RW Franson

Speaking through Texts
  manifest culture; & action this day
RW Franson

  Troy traveling, to and again recurring
RW Franson

Thine eyes, that taught the dumb on high to sing
And heavy ignorance aloft to fly,
Have added feathers to the learned's wing
And given grace a double majesty.

Yet be most proud of that which I compile,
Whose influence is thine and born of thee.

William Shakespeare
Sonnets, 78

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About our overlayered structure for this Troy-town maze of cultural stratigraphy — at Troynovant an entry is a review of book or story, of film or reel or soundie, if largely about a particular title; a glance or counterpoint to an article or curiosity is an illuminant; a folly mines a vein of humor, or if more pointed a satire; a memoir is a firsthand reminiscence; a postcard showcases a flat-carded Scene of Passage; a compilation gathers quotations stoking Trains of Thought; otherwise generally an essay.

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On muscular reading,
thinking with a vocabulary,
& the preservation of culture:
So Why Read Anymore?
by Victor Davis Hanson
at VDH's Private Papers


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