Friday, January 15, 2021

Losing the Memory of the Experience

Friday, January 15, 2021

You write a thing down because you’re hoping to get a hold on it. You write about experiences partly to understand what they mean, partly not to lose them to time. To oblivion. But there’s always the danger of the opposite happening. Losing the memory of the experience itself to the memory of writing about it. Like people whose memories of places they’ve traveled to are in fact only memories of the pictures they took there. In the end, writing and photography probably destroy more of the past than they ever preserve of it. So it could happen: by writing about someone lost—or even just talking too much about them—you might be burying them for good."

~Sigrid Nunez, The Friend, 2020

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Longing for Quiet

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

It was one of those days between Christmas and the start of the new year when everything's still and there's a short respite from the excitement of the holidays when I realized that I miss being alone. Engulfed in constant chatter and the pervading noise of life, I longed for quiet. I love being with my family but I also yearned for those days when I don't have to speak with anyone and no one speaks with me. 

Monday, January 4, 2021

A Collective Howl

Monday, January 4, 2021

"The internet was a collective howl, an outlet for everyone to prove that they mattered. The full spectrum of human emotion infused social platforms. Grief, joy, anxiety, mundanity flowed. People were saying nothing, and saying it all the time. Strangers swapped confidences with other strangers in return for unaccredited psychological advice. They shared stories of private infidelities and public incontinence; photos of their bedroom interiors; photos, faded and cherished, of long-dead family members; photos of their miscarriages. People were giving themselves away at every opportunity." 

~ Anna Wiener, Uncanny Valley, 2020

 
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