Tuesday, March 8, 2011

a quarter-of-an-inch of something

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"She’s kept her love for him as alive as the summer they first met. In order to do this, she’s turned life away. Sometimes she subsists for days on water and air. Being the only known complex life-form to do this, she should have a species named after her. Once Uncle Julian told me how the sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti said that sometimes just to paint a head you have to give up the whole figure. To paint a leaf, you have to sacrifice the whole landscape. It might seem like you’re limiting yourself at first, but after a while you realize that having a quarter-of-an-inch of something you have a better chance of holding on to a certain feeling of the universe than if you pretended to be doing the whole sky.”
~ Nicole Krauss, A History of Love, 2005

4 comments:

Archer dee said...

What a beautiful thought! Thanks for sharing :)

Angeli said...

you are welcome, Archer dee.

:)

Loree said...

An interesting perspective.

mordsith said...

I like the idea!

 
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