Sunday, August 10, 2008

Wittgenstein's trousers

Jeanette Winterson in yesterday's Books supplement to The Times.

I am not an absent-minded person, and certainly not like Wittgenstein who had to summon his friends to help him fasten his braces -- he couldn't match the loops to his trouser buttons, and if left to dress unaided, went forth into Cambridge in a tweedy mass of clown clothes.
Complete bollocks of course about a notoriously fastidious and meticulous man. Which leaves me wondering first where on earth Winterson got that absurdity, and second why the supplement's editor couldn't be bothered to check.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've been told that insufficient interest in matters of the head very often goes hand in hand with excessive interest in matters concerning trousers. I don't know if this is a rule to go by.

Anonymous said...

She might have confused Wittgenstein with Adam Smith, who was notoriously absent-minded.

One was Austrian and the other a Scot, one at Cambridge and the other at Edinburgh, one hot-tempered and the other quite mild, but apart from that, they're quite similar.