on the left: the covers of the Foxfire Books original edition
(1972, 1973, 1975; slightly worn out; left column) and recent
reprints (2004; right column).
is not always better. Worse yet, more is not generally (normally,
usually, commonly, ordinarily, frequently, habitually) better. And
it is hard for me to concede to the ‘the bigger, the better’
& ‘more of everything’ present American attitude. There is
an optimum size for practically everything, and there is beauty and
elegance in the simplicity of everything.
figure on the left illustrates how a new cover design (the right
column) for the reprints of the honored Foxfire Books has blemished
my enjoyment of the books. ‘New’ is not a synonym for ‘better’
to the mind are of four kinds: Things either are what they appear to
be; or they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not
appear to be; or they are not, and yet appear to be. Rightly to aim
in all these cases is the wise man’s task.
(ca.55-ca.135):The Discourses of Epictetus (translated by
P.E. Matheson), Heritage Press, New York, 1968.