I just read a quote today from Miles Kington. I had no idea who Miles Kington was, but he quote was so wonderful that I looked him up. It turns out that he was a British journalist/commentator who was also a musician. Mainly, he seems to have written a humorous, insightful column for the The Times and then not long after Rupert Murdoch took over that publication, moved it to the six-month old The Independent, where he stayed for 20 years. In all he wrote around 10,000 columns and several books.
Here's a brief description I found of him in a lovely remembrance of the good fellow five years after he passed away in 2008.
"What did Miles write about? Everything and nothing. Especially nothing. Writing about nothing – or almost nothing – was I think where his real genius lay. He wrote about words, about motorway service stations, about being out and about on his bicycle. He was a spoof agony uncle. He noticed things no one else noticed. He wrote wonderful “list” columns, like the one about how there are always two types of people."
I subsequently tracked down some of his articles, and they were wonderful. So, I'm going to post some from time to time. But for now, it all started with one simple quote. Here it is, what caught my attention.
"Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad."
-- Miles Kington (1941-2008)
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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