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Best Thought, Worst Thought

On Art, Sex, Work and Death
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Don Paterson
The male genitals are worn externally as evolution is in the process of expelling them from the body. Another million years and they'll be stored in a drawer.   Award-winning Scottish poet Don Paterson has assembled a comic, intelligent, and cranky collection of brief truths and conjectures and, in the process, revitalizes the classic pith of the aphorism. 'The form's only virtue is its brevity,' Paterson writes. "At least the reader cannot seriously hold that it has wasted their time."

Praise for Don Paterson's aphorisms:

"Hundreds of wise meditations on all sorts of subjects, including love, death, literature and sex. Aphorisms, being normally only two or three lines long, are in their form perfect for our times. In Paterson's hands, they become supremely wise and moving as well."—Alain de Botton, Scotland on Sunday

"Clever, addictive and funny."—Nick Hornby, The Guardian

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"Contentious, rude, hilarious, moving and truthful. A book you'll dip into for the rest of your life."—Ian Rankin

About the Author

Don  Paterson
Don Paterson was born in Dundee, Scotland, in 1963. He works as a musician and editor, and teaches at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of Best Thought, Worst Thought, The White Lie: New and Selected Poetry and Landing Light, winner of the 2003 Whitbread Poetry Award and the T. S. Eliot Prize. With Charles Simic, he edited the anthology New British Poetry. Paterson lives in St Andrews, Scotland.
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  • “[Paterson’s] collection affords readers many pleasant hours with this often forgotten and deceptively simple cousin of the poem.”—Library Journal
  • "Though often dripping with irony, Paterson's aphorisms also offer insight and clarity."—Rain Taxi Review of Books
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