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“I am a frayed and nibbled survivor…”

27 May
Solitary Chair (photo: Robert Birnbaum)

Solitary Chair (photo: Robert Birnbaum)

I am a frayed and nibbled survivor in a fallen world, and I am getting along. I am aging and eaten and have done my share of eating too. I am not washed and beautiful, in control of a shining world in which everything fits, but instead am wandering awed about on a splintered wreck I’ve come to care for, whose gnawed trees breathe a delicate air, whose bloodied and scarred creatures are my dearest companions, and whose beauty beats and shines not in its imperfections but overwhelmingly in spite of them, under the wind-rent clouds, upstream and down. —Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Create Dangerously

21 May
Resistance,Rebellion  and Death by Albert Camus

Resistance,Rebellion and Death by Albert Camus

“On the poop deck of slave galleys it is possible, at any time and place, as we know, to sing the constellations while the convicts bend over the oars and exhaust themselves in the hold; it is always possible to record the social conversation that takes place on the benches of the amphitheater while the lion is crunching the victim. And it is very hard to make any objections to the art that has known such success in the past. But things have changed somewhat, and the number of convicts and martyrs has increased amazingly over the surface of the globe. In the face of so much suffering, if art insists on being a luxury, it will also be a lie.

Albert Camus (respectfully borrowed from the Internet)

Albert Camus (respectfully borrowed from the Internet)

Currently reading The Son by Philipp Meyer (Ecco)