Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A few quotes

I have this odd collection of quotes on my wall.
Some are so old, I have no memory of where they come from.

Here are a few:

1. "I heard a voice through a cloud of agony and sickness. The voice was asking me questions. It seemed to be opening and closing like a concertina. The words were loud, as the swelling notes of an organ, then they melted into the tiniest wiry tinkle in a glass." Denton Welch

2. "Lazy but brown, she can only be discussed in telegrams. I always see her going down the Avenue of September 19 to the bridge, which she doesn't cross. The woman from Wallachia wearing her beloved fur with nothing underneath . . . " Gunter Eich.

3. "We are immortal. I know it sounds like a joke. I know because I met the exception to the rule, I know the only mortal there is. He told me his story in a bar . . . " Julio Cortazar (?)

4. "We prefer the idea of continuing with a new body, like changing our clothes." Thich Nhat Hanh

5. " A poem is a device designed to create a mood in the reader that is similar to the mood its author was in while composing it. Right --

Poem: Early Spring.
Morning temperature on the Hochschneeberg: 34 F
Snow falling, in the form of rain.


Young Helga, weeping, is scouring the terrain for primroses." Peter Altenberg


Rachel Zucker said...

This has nothing to do with this post but I couldn't figure out how to just email YOU. I LOVED "Dear Professor" so my husband bought me the orgasms book, which I also loved and Midlife Crisis With Dick and Jane which I finished two minutes ago. It is a great book. You are a great writer. But why does Jane have to jump at the end? I know this is the most annoying question. Maybe it's not really a question or a real question, but in this age of blogs and emails, there it is. I'm sad that Jane jumped even if not-Jane jumped and flew. And I'm not the kind of person who is usually sad about such endings. I think I wanted Dick to get run over by a truck.

Nin Andrews said...

Thanks Rachel! You are too nice!

I don't know why anyone jumps, but somehow Jane just had to. I can't explain the inner workings of Jane's mind. Alas. A woman who is silent for years and suddenly wakes up to find this Dick in her bed, she has stuff to deal with. And she can't just fall back to sleep, can she?

But thanks so, so much!