by Saul Bellow
Arts and Artist
As for types like my own, obscurely motivated by the conviction that our existence was worthless if we didn't make a turning point of it, we were assigned to the humanities, to poetry, philosophy, painting -- the nursery games of humankind, which had to be left behind when the age of science began. The humanities would be called upon to choose a wallpaper for the crypt, as the end drew near.
Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing, you hold down the adjoining.