Today’s word is incandescent – as in luminous, shining, brilliant – and as an adjective – not merely as a signifier of a heated filament. It’s such a beautiful word – intelligence can be incandescent – Virginia Woolf said that Shakespeare’s mind was ‘incandescent, unimpeded’. To me it suggests something lit from within – like the glowing oil panels of Jan van Eyck – all stillness and light. Incandescent, radiant, luminous – impossible light that emanates from thought.
“Strange to say, the luminous world is the invisible world; the luminous world is that which we do not see. Our eyes of flesh see only night.” – Victor Hugo