artist without oeuvre: boydrice: My 15-year-old... →
boydrice: My 15-year-old son, Wolfgang, has had a tempestuous relationship with climate conditions since before he could even speak. He is endlessly fascinated by the weather, and not knowing what is happening with it for even half an hour is torment to him. When he was one year old I’d…
He’d hoped he might get by without going sour. But the whole garden is...– Herman de Coninck, from “He hoped he might get by without an autumn.” tr. David Colmer
Zbyněk Baladrán, “Letter from Nowhere”
Can I use the word we to mean those waters we have seen fall round in parts...– Marc Gaba, “Water Understood”
Since 2010, three other Iranian nuclear scientists have been killed in similar...– Mehdi Hasan, from “Iran’s nuclear scientists are not being assassinated. They are being murdered.”
“Despite my alienation from myself at that moment, and even though I was nothing but a battleground for invisible forces, I was aware of every detail of what was going on around me.” —Knut Hamsun, from Hunger tr. Robert Bly “The obscure depths of my soul had been the battleground where unknown forces had invisibly waged war, and I shook all over from the hidden...
ahuntersheart: Bas Jan Ader’s sailing passport Inside, a note written by his mother reading “Mrs. J.A. Ader Appels gives her son, Bastiaan Johan Christiaan Ader permission to go to sea”. (With thanks to moonandmoon)
There are pigs repelled by their own filth that don’t draw away from it...– Fernando Pessoa, from The Book of Disquiet tr. Richard Zenith
Speak about the writings of this land, printed matter full of question marks...– Hugo Claus, from “What to Speak About” tr. John Irons
To go into the straddle of sleep, o once.– Paul Celan, from Last Poems
[JK and SN:] When you were talking about prescriptive forgetting, you mentioned...– from an interview between Jeffrey Kastner, Sina Najafi and Paul Connerton
Celan’s poems, exclusive of Zeitgehoft… exist in a standard...– Katharine Washburn, from Paul Celan: Last Poems
“The reality of empires should not be in the hands of selective nostalgia.” — Eric Hobsbawm, from On Empire: America, War, and Global Supremacy “We need to distinguish cultural memory from historical reconstruction. Knowledge of all human activities in the past is possible only through knowledge of their traces… that is to say, the marks which some phenomenon...
Paul Connerton’s “Seven Types of Forgetting”: 1. Repressive erasure 2. Prescriptive forgetting 3. Forgetting that is constitutive in the formation of a new identity 4. Structural amnesia 5. Forgetting as annulment 6. Forgetting as planned obsolescence 7. Forgetting as humiliated silence He writes, “This taxonomy makes no claim to comprehensiveness and is offered as an...