About Metaphors

100 Flowers

with Douglas Hofstadter

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Claude Monet

“– (?) As i got more and more deeply into this poem, my philosphy started to become Chairman Mao’s statement : “Let one hundred flowers bloom”. In other words, you can look at it from so many angles and each new angle enriches it and makes it more fun.
[…]
– (?) Somehow the facts of the poem shouldn’t be negociable, should they?
– (Douglas Hofstadter) What do you mean by “a fact”. I mean, a fact about the poem is that it was written by somebody in french. It’s not in french anymore.”

From Radiolab

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