In complete agreement with Terence Blake over at Agent Swarm here. I'm thankful for his re-translation of D&G's opening sentence. I wonder if the phrase "que tard" ("only late" rather than "late in life") and the importance of intensity rather than chronology might resonate with Edward Said's writings on lateness and late style? Said is clear that lateness came come upon an artist of any age, after all. Said might not jive with D&G otherwise, but I think there's something here.