The Tragic Plane

"Arthur Koestler...once wrote that there were two planes of experience, the tragic and the trivial, and that artists and writers are blessed--cursed, really--with seeing 'everyday experience' on the tragic plane, the 'angle of the eternal.'"

--Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker via TPM (TPM is cited because it gives a permalink as opposed to making you Digg it or whatever).