If you are buried under a flamboyant tree, your soul is lifted up when it flowers.
There are books so alive that you’re always afraid that while you weren’t reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?
New York (girls in fairy costumes reading), 1938. André Kertész (Hungarian, 1894-1985).
Kertész's photographs embraced several cultures and variety of aesthetic impulses. Kertész documented, reported and interpreted but perhaps most significantly, he turned observation into poetry.
J. R. R. Tolkien on escapism in “The Lord of the Rings” (x)
“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?…If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
Writers at Work …
1. William Faulkner
2. Susan Sontag
3. J.K. Rowling
4. Anne Sexton
5. John Steinbeck
6. Jack Kerouac
7. George Orwell
8. George Bernard Shaw
9. Stephen King
10. Maya Angelou
More and more I lived in books, they were my comfort, refuge, addiction, compensation for the humiliations that attended contact with the world outside.
Books were everywhere in their large apartment. Histories, biographies, novels, studies on Quebec antiques, poetry. Placed in orderly bookcases. Just about every table had at least one book on it, and oftern several magazines. And the weekend newspapers were scattered on the coffee table in the living room, in front of the fireplace. If a visitor was the observant type, and made it further into the apartment to Gamache’s study, he might see the story the books in there told.
Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.
I empty myself with light
Until I become morning.