[lit-ideas] The Importance of Being Important

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 01:42:22 -0500 (EST)

In a message dated 11/6/2013 7:29:47  P.M. Eastern Standard Time, 
rpaul@xxxxxxxx writes in "Philosophers are ranked  again"

This begs the question as per the subjet line.
Apparently, Wilde meant the original title to his play as a pun,
"The important of being earnest".
Sinfield re-wrote it as "The importance of being Dorian", since Wilde was  
fascinated with the Peloponnese.
Note that, as Geary may agree (but then again may not),
"the importance of being important"
is NOT redundant in the way, "the redness of being red" is.
Note that as Lord Aldrich one said, "Two words I avoid in polite  
conversation: 'important' and 'relevant'." Note that McEvoy would _hardly_ 
that Lord Aldrich implicated he used those words in "impolite"  conversation.

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