To H. L. Mencken
Rapallo, 24 January
(...) The job of a serious writer is to dissociate the meaning of one word from that of some other which the poor boobs think means the same thing.
Obviously until blokes can define the word "money" and ten or dozen more words occuring with equal frequency in econ. writing, their writing will be tosh and their readers remain in same stew they were to start with.
The act of dissociation can just as well, or better, take place re something daily, and concrete as re something in a washed-out Impressionist painting.
The Letters of Ezra Pound 1907-1941, Faber and Faber