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Old 15th Sep 2005, 17:55   #21
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I found a Palimpsest in Paul Auster's NY trilogy, where he's writing in a red notebook while walking around and finds that he has created "an illegible palimpsest".
I read that a while ago and thought it was quite odd. Vaguely remember feeling unsettled by it, but it's only a vague memory. :?

how are you finding it gil?
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Old 23rd Sep 2005, 11:55   #22
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page 42 of my new copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four is most appropriate since it concerns the continual re-writing of newspaper articles :
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All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and re-inscribed exactly as often as was necessary.
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Old 23rd Sep 2005, 12:30   #23
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This is why I get to use it in reports so often!

(Although to be pedantic, the whole reason it's a palimpsest is that it isn't scraped clean, you can still see and trace the previous layers... )
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Old 8th Dec 2005, 6:34   #24
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From "The Theologians" by J.L. Borges:
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Palimpsests and codices were consumed, but in the heart of the fire, amid the ashes, there remained almost intact the twelfth book of the Civitas Dei, which relates how in Athens Plato taught that, at the centuries' end, all things will recover their previous state and he in Athens, before the same audience, will teach the same doctrine anew.
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Old 18th May 2006, 10:01   #25
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Palimpsest is Word of the Day on dictionary.com
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...and for posterity...

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Word of the Day for Thursday May 18, 2006

palimpsest \PAL-imp-sest\, noun:
1. A manuscript, usually of papyrus or parchment, on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible.



2. An object or place whose older layers or aspects are apparent beneath its surface.
The manuscript is a palimpsest consisting of vellum leaves from which the "fluent and assured script" of the original Archimedes text and 55 diagrams had been washed or scraped off so that the surface could be used for new writings.
-- Roger Highfield, "Eureka! Archimedes text is to be sold at auction", Daily Telegraph, October 3, 1998
Each is a palimpsest, one improvisation partly burying another but leaving hints of it behind.
-- Robert Hughes, "Delight for Its Own Sake", Time, January 22, 1996
It's a mysterious many-layered palimpsest of a metropolis where generations of natives and visitors have left their mark, from Boadicea and the Romans, through the Middle Ages and the Elizabethan era to the present.
-- Philip French, "Jack the knife", The Observer, February 10, 2002



Palimpsest is from Latin palimpsestus, from Greek palimpsestos, "scraped or rubbed again," from palin, "again" + psen, "to rub (away)."
Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation for palimpsest
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Old 6th Jun 2006, 19:35   #27
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Hi everyone,

So thrilled to have found Palimpsest! I've a long-running fascination with the word/thing/concept palimpsest and have also recently begun to collate appearances of the word in various texts.

I recently posted a list of what I've collated so far on my blog/site. Here's a link, if you like: http://kathrynkoromilas.com. I can post the list here if people prefer...

Meanwhile - the title of my first novel-in-progress is Palimpsest. Basically, yes, I'm fascinated.

So - it's good to be here.

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Aha! A WordPress user. You are obviously exactly the sort of person we like to see around here! Am pleased we have helped fuel your lexical obsession and hopefully we will live up to the image of our name!
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Thanks, Wavid!
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Welcome to the party kaninaki!
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