After a week of statistics and article writing, my mind finds it easy to daydream of spring and possible holiday locations.
Laura Marling’s songs are pure poetry. ‘You should begone beast / Begone from me / Begone from my mind at least / Let a little lady be‘ *** ‘Sardinia is out of time and history.’ Climbing in Sardinia looks heavenly. ‘It’s not just for the bouldering. It has so much more to offer: this wild openness, this Italian influence, ocean, mountains … It’s really the perfect place.’ *** ‘Modern man seeks freedom in dreams from nagging reality but can never escape.’
Everyone outside Ukraine thinks they know what’s best for Ukraine. It’s interesting to read the different points of view on the conflict, as well as the polemics around the protests and the role of the media in proliferating contradicting ideas and points of view.*** And speaking of dilemmas, what’s the best punctuation mark? ‘The question mark, said Gertrude Stein, is “positively revolting”. She thought the exclamation mark was “ugly” and “unnecessary” too. Cormac McCarthy shuns the semi-colon and quotation marks. At times James Joyce avoided even commas.’*** Or maybe we should just worry less about grammar, correctness and language in general. Stephen Fry explains. *** And maybe, just maybe, South should be up and North should be down.
Regret is something we increasingly feel and has become central to our lives, driven by too many options, too much time, too many choices to be made. You can never read all the books you want to read, see all the friends you want to see, be all the people you want to be. So you make choices, which in turn make you regret your choices more because in saying YES to some things, you inevitably say NO to others. *** ‘The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow, as if you might not be there tomorrow. It eliminates the vice of procrastination, the sin of postponement, failed communications, failed communions. This thought has made me more and more attentive to all encounters. meetings, introductions, which might contain the seed of depth that might be carelessly overlooked. This feeling has become a rarity, and rarer every day now that we have reached a hastier and more superficial rhythm, now that we believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people, more people, more countries. This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us. The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision.’ (Anais Nin) *** ‘In music, one doesn’t make the end of the composition the point of the composition.’