In other cases the aphoristic form creates difficulties

In other cases the aphoristic form creates difficulties which stem from the fact that
nowadays people don’t take this form seriously enough. An aphorism, properly
stamped and poured, has not been “deciphered” simply by being read. It’s much more
the case that only now can one begin to explicate it—and that requires an art of
interpretation. In the third essay of this book I have set out a model of what I call an “interpretation” for such a case. In this essay an aphorism is presented, and the essay
itself is a commentary on it. Of course, in order to practice this style of reading as an
art, one thing is above all essential—something that today has been thoroughly
forgotten (and so it will require still more time before my writings are “readable”)—
something for which one almost needs to be a cow, at any rate not a modern man—
rumination.

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