Friday, September 01, 2006

On the other foot...

Plausible definition of a modern intellectual:

Someone who owns more books than shoes.

22 comments:

the whales said...

"An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex." Aldous Huxley

realdoc said...

Is that pairs of shoes or individual shoes?

Robert A. Swipe said...

plausible definition of an intellectual:

person who *looks* at books more than shoes....

Kirses said...

Books with words in them, or picture books?

Molly Bloom said...

What about books about shoes?

Do you have to count them as well?

Spinsterella said...

I've only got one pair of shoes. And they're red and falling apart in a decidedly Charlie Chaplin fashion.

I must be very intellectual then...

Robert A. Swipe said...

Heels or flats Spin?

[I'm guessing heels - multi-strapped, red Chlesea boot numbers with a kitten heel.]

(I'm quoting young Billster here):

"Yummers!"

dh said...

Definition of an anti-intellectual...

Somebody who owns more magazines than books.

First Nations said...

what if they're all nurse romances and chiltons' guides?

or anne rice?

i don't really want to know; that was just one of those not really a question thingies.
thats like a question but really isn't.

First Nations said...

rhetorical.
a rhetorical thingie.

Tim Footman said...

FN: I'm hoping they're all rhetorical questions. I don't have the intellectual energy to answer them.

And in that Chantelle-like state, is it true that Doc Martens are cool again? So if I get myself a new pair of steelies, I'll be dismissed as a witless trend-hopper?

Coutorture said...

Good thing Idon't own any of those boots. I think I own three pairs of shoes. As to books, well hmmmmm probably well over 3,000 at this point but since I live in a tiny studio in NYC they all live in storage.

Billy said...

Shoes cost more than books so I'm obviously going to have more books.

Gary James said...

I have more books than shoes, but the same number of eyes as feet. This is not a riddle...


http://thebigsideorder.blogspot.com/

Kwok said...

how about someone with more books than DVDs?

Molly Bloom said...

I just looked in the *shoe* box under the stairs and couldn't find any shoes at all.

I have some slippers that I wear out and about.

Mules with feathers.

Billy said...

I keep the shoe boxes to put "things" in. I have more shoes than "things".

Tim Footman said...

So maybe the ultimate definition of an intellectual is someone who only buys shoes to get shoeboxes, in which books may be stored.

patroclus said...

I have more books than magazines, more magazines than shoes, and a pink shoebox that contains old love letters. And I think that the production of the self in non-physical space is at least on a par with sex in the interestingness stakes.

*adopts whiny tone*

Tim, am I an intellectual?

Tim Footman said...

Buggered if I know, darling. You're the one with the MA. And you seem to know rather more French eggheads (têtes à l'oeuf???) than I do.

Oh, OK, yes, provided the pink shoebox is an ironic affectation, along with the whine.

alwyn said...

or how about someone who TALKS like he's got more books than anything else...?

Drug user rehab said...

Anti-intellectual - smug and ignorant and indifferent or hostile to artistic and cultural values.