Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Memorizing the alphabet, counting reliably to ten, getting the notes of the scale in order--any of these details, if imposed too soon, can block the flow of magic that creates music and poetry or stimulates fascination with numbers. People who were always good at these rote-learned systems are probably as shocked as I was when I first heard people talk about how restrictive the alphabet actually is, or how many words the Inuit people have for snow.