Nuts to Kafka

Cracking a nut is really not an art form, and so no one will dare to call an audience together and entertain it by cracking nuts. If he does it nevertheless, and does so successfully, then it must be a matter of something more than merely cracking nuts. Or it is cracking nuts, but we must have ignored some aspect of this art form because we mastered it too well and it took this new nutcracker to reveal its true nature to us, and it can even help his demonstration if he is a little less proficient at nutcracking than the rest of us.

— Franz Kafka, from “Josefine, the Singer, or The Mouse People”, in Metamorphosis and Other Stories, translated by Michael Hofmann

I have such a crush.

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