The Giant’s Causeway

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.

A View of the Giant’s Causeway by Susanna Drury is licensed under Public Domain.

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