James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck, lived in an age in which titles were grand and letters and diaries were even grander. In a time of conspicuous literary splendour, Boswell wrote perhaps the greatest biography in the English language of one of the English language’s greatest biographers: Dr Johnson.
Yet for all its soaring verse, The Life of Samuel Johnson can have a most sanguine effect on a humble author who, at the end of a frustrating day, feels drained of simile. Thus today’s offload puts me in mind of the following anecdote:
BOSWELL: “Is not the Giant’s-causeway worth seeing?” JOHNSON: “Worth seeing? Yes; but not worth going to see.”
I trust tomorrow’s offload will be more edifying, but for today… it is worth seeing, but not worth going to see.
Good night and good luck.