Sunday, May 10, 2009

Now ought to be always like now, always, but the more time passes the more now seems to be a shadow of then…

In the same dream
I am lying in the hollow of a boat,
My forehead and eyes against the curved planks
Where I can hear the undercurrents
Striking the bottom of the boat.
All at once, the prow rises up,
And I think that we’ve come to the estuary,
But I keep my eyes against the wood
That smells of tar and glue.
Too vast, too luminous the images
That I have gathered in my sleep.
Why rediscover, outside,
The things that words tell me of,
But without convincing me,
I desire a higher or less somber shore.
Yves Bonnefoy: The House Where I Was Born

Write all the same, in spite of despair. No: with despair. I don't know what to call that despair. Writing to one side of what precedes writing is always to ruin it. And yet we must accept this: ruining the failure means coming back toward another book, toward another possibility of the same book. Space for writers and readers
Book lovers across Australia will again get virtual front row seats for the highlight events of the Sydney Writers' Festival 2009 It must be time for the Sydney Writers Festival

The Still Water: Keeper of Light and Dust Tottering State
How on earth did anyone get the idea that people can communicate with one another by letter! Of a distant person one can think, and of a person who is near one can catch hold - all else goes beyond human strength. Writing letters, however, means to denude oneself before the ghosts, something for which they greedily wait. Written kisses don't reach their destination, rather they are drunk on the way by the ghosts.
- Kafka, in a letter to Milena (Havel also wrote similar sentiment - In Letters to Olga)

light (drugs as only altering positions of piles of chemicals).
light as feeling? i.e. pulse waves(what happens to things
moving away faster than the speed of light? does light die
out?). Jesus, Shakespeare, Hitler, etc. (political waves?) going
out from planet like heart beats.
light. dream being the mixed waves of feeling from other
'mind' sources during darkness our consciousness(un is not
sub) due to nearness of clear light source (reflected light or
what? mirrors?). day night: artificial light destroys balance
(midnight sun?).
god is the space between thoughts, no, that's simplistic. some-
times you can't understand the words but you know the
medicine is right

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• · · · · · Oh dear. Am I still allowed to write in a strait-jacket? Silence is a shape that has passed. Practically everyone I had met in Prague [....] had told me to be cool and live in the present moment. Living in the ‘now’ seemed to be the state religion, even if most people – strangely enough – seemed busy working on the technology of the future. - Download free Audiobooks and Ebooks ; Today I was going to do an elaborate post on the fine line between insanity and perseverance in pursuing a writing career. Life had obviously got wind of my promise to defeat pessimism and had decided to take me seriously. It was all part of the strange and disturbing power of the book. It was making stuff happen in my life, it was forcing me to be optimistic. The View from Here Insanity Test! Learn the rules; and then forget them - Basho