make us, too, writhe as if bound upon an altar.
The Latin church, which I constantly find myself admiring, despite its frequent astounding imbecilities
, has always kept clearly before it that religion is not a syllogism but a poem.
His ability to suggest that futility of any kind of action when confronted with the imbecilities
of a topsy-turvy universe is little short of perfection.
Worse still, they may not even be able to hear them above the current babble of "new age" imbecilities
and the megawatts of pious flimflam emitted by cynical - or ignorant - televangelists.
In January 1925 he had traced the popular black drama to the blackface minstrel show in which white actors "imitated" the supposed imbecilities
of blacks; black actors had unfortunately tried to "fit" into the same tradition: "It was to this vogue that the builders of colored musical comedies and revues went to school" ("Same" 15).