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The Composer


“Making eye contact with adults while dressed as a clown is risky.” —Douglas Coupland


clown noseThe composer* of this site, aka Ed Shapiro, acts like a half-wit in a think tank.

“Next to being witty, the best thing is being able to quote another’s wit.” Christian Nestell Bovee

Ed plays the fool for humankind’s defining metaphors—except those which make one think it is time that takes wing when they’re having fun.

“Time is making fools of us again.” —J. K. Rowling

His craft is composing a true tall tale of infinite scope, boundless and timeless as an ageless mariner’s memoir-in-progress.

“Every human is an artist. And this is the main art that we have: the creation of our story.” —Don Miguel Ruiz

Though propelled by irrational exuberance, it only goes over the top of fatal illusions. 

“True love stories never have endings.” —Richard Bach

And it only goes off the deep end for priceless treasure.

“Dive into a sea of thought, and find there pearls beyond price.” —Moses Ibn Ezra

To keep it on an even keel, the metaphors are anchored in reason, between the lines, by the thoughts of more-or-less rational minds.

“I have just got a new theory of eternity!” Albert Einstein

For making eye contact with oneself, says one who risks playing metaphor’s fool, the funny language of imagination is a godsend.

“The metaphor is perhaps one of man’s most fruitful potentialities. Its efficacy verges on magic, and it seems a tool for creation which God forgot inside one of His creatures when He made him.” —José Ortega y Gasset


*In the sense of one who arranges thoughts on a theme in a composition. For contact, there is an email form on this page.


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