On emphasis by omission

by look i have opinions

“To omit a word always, to resort to inept metaphors and obvious periphrases, is perhaps the most emphatic way of stressing it.”

—Stephen Albert in Borges’ “Garden of Forking Paths” (translated by Donald A. Yates here)

Compare Orson Scott Card’s teacher’s advice.

Edited to add: Albert compares the fictitious work to a riddle, which seems slightly different from comparing it to a joke or a magic trick.

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