Saturday, July 24, 2021
Friday, July 23, 2021
It is only for the possible – or what is more, the positive – existence of a door that one keeps on looking around a walled area… If there were no doors, walls could utterly maintain and stand by the significance of the impasse, to wit the constraint, evermore. Still, if so, every wall could be a decisively negative certitude and knew well what to do confronting everyone…
If there were no doors, each wall could, without a hitch, resound with the inscription suspended by Dante at the entrance to hell; but, regrettably, one has to confess that doors have deprived them of so impeccable and sheer a sense.
More than that, a door is a full-blooded parasite.
Its personality is totally subject to that of wall; still one should suspect this point, in that though only walls can justify the existence of doors, they cannot sustain the finality and their arrant emphaticness I referred to before, in the presence of doors. But, there would not be after all anything more useless and ludicrous than a door if there were no walls. However I do not know a thing about painting, I can easily paint such a door:
What is more ludicrous than a door that – separate and independent from a wall – tries to have a personality?
Yet, a door that is not constructed in any wall has the astounding potentiality of provoking thought…
I have given my mind to such a door; and sometimes it has made my mind think about borders and passageways of borders, with no change in its form necessarily.
Actually, a free-standing door that can be nothing, is a good passageway for thinking, through which one can find way to many realms.
The necessity of walls is felt soon by observing a door. I ask if we sense accordingly the necessity of doors by observing a wall.
I do not suppose so. It may be so, but not that much to me, at least. I find walls more logical than doors, and believe that doors are vacuous hopes: they repudiate the character of walls when opened, and their ((own's)) when closed.
A wall is simply not more than an obstruction if there is no door in it; but nothing betrays its own entity as a door that bears a heavy lock… Maybe that is the reason why we cherish Roman and Greek castles more than old fortresses, and maybe that is the reason why we feel relieved and restful by recalling those sumptuous and colonnaded castles; and feel dubious and anxious by remembering those stealthy citadels; maybe... I do not know...
One more point: the uncertainty that makes us to construct walls…
The lofty walls before which we feel a dire need for doors…
And the doors which should be secure and specifically invulnerable, and have heavy locks...
As though life would be impossible but among walls and doors, but among this hurly-burly, this ambivalence, this opening, closing, and reopening:
Building a wall,
Constructing a door in it,
Closing the door!
Is it not a laughingstock? Why, yes. On the whole, it is hilarious.
The Great Wall of China has been a matter of discussion at times – and each time with a different outlook. It is said that the Great Wall of China was founded to fortify the country against the invading northern tribes.
It was an interesting point, having had one third of a Chinese generation victimized; let us say, a whole generation… because the graveness of such a matter is not weighed through the number of its victims.
The truth is that what immolated an innumerable group of people was not the main surmise of the theory i.e. the possible invasion.
It cannot be said that only the general principles of this theory are modified here; the blind spot of the theory is that the constructors of the wall (not indeed their commanders) did not construct a door in that wall! As a result, the main catastrophe they wanted to ward off beforehand by wall-constructing, changed readily and came forth more unsparingly in the same form and structure they had walled! Ah! And this is, I think, the destiny of all those who overlook the importance of doors. The northern did not invade but the southern did not find any door to escape through.
I would like to confess that I was ungrateful to doors in the beginning of this discourse.
In the history we human beings make, nothing is more remedial to us than a door to escape through.
Doors are essential; even a door constructed in no wall…
In this world – of no validity – we live in, doors are more requisite than everything else, even the Great Wall of China…
Ahmad Shamlou (12 December 1925 – 23 July 2000)
Tr. by Mohammad Forough
Friday, July 09, 2021
Tuesday, July 06, 2021
Monday, July 05, 2021
Sunday, July 04, 2021
Saturday, July 03, 2021
Thursday, July 01, 2021
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Assija Djebar (30 June 1936 – 6 February 2015)
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Friday, June 25, 2021
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Ernesto Sabato (* 24 Juni 1911 - 30 April 2011)
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Monday, June 21, 2021
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Zülfü Livaneli * 20 June 1946
Just for interest translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version). Does any native speaker find any mistake(s)?
Friday, June 18, 2021
that the world should be divided
not into good and bad people
but into cowards and non-cowards.
Ninety-five percent of cowards are capable
of the vilest things, lethal things,
at the mildest threat.”
Varlam Shalamov (18 June 1907 – 17 January 1982)
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
|Where did you get the meat from?|
Mo Erwa answered calmly:
We just boiled our three-year-old daughter.
The Corpse Walker:
Real Life Stories: China from the Bottom Up
Liao Yiwu * 16 June 1958
Monday, June 14, 2021
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Monday, June 07, 2021
Sunday, June 06, 2021
Herewith it is anounced that I have not moved to my probably last dwelling six feet under, yet.
I felt but the wish to prove myself I could do without internet for at least four weeks, and still happily survive.
"Surprise": It's possible.
Good to know.
Tomorrow, or one of the following days, I shall answer the comments I received since end of April.
And I am looking forward to "visit my friends".
The peace of the night.
Saturday, June 05, 2021
Friday, June 04, 2021
Thursday, June 03, 2021
Wednesday, June 02, 2021
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
At the mid hour of night, when stars are weeping, I fly
To the lone valley we loved, when life shone warm in thine eye;
And I think oft, if spirits can steal from the regions of air
To revisit past scenes of delight, thou wilt come to me there
And tell me our love is remember'd even in the sky!
Then I sing the wild song it was once rapture to hear
When our voices, commingly, breathed like one on the ear;
And as Echo far off through the vale my sad orison rolls, I think,
O my Love! 'tis thy voice, from the Kingdom of Souls
Faintly answering still the notes that once were so dear.
Thomas Moore (28 May 1779 – 25 February 1852)
Thursday, May 27, 2021
|Journey to the End of the Night|
"The poetry of heroism
appeals irresistibly to those
who don't go to a war,
and even more to those
whom the war is making
It's always so."
Louis Ferdinand Céline (27 May 1894 – 1 July 1961)
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Monday, May 24, 2021
Thursday, May 20, 2021
|I've got a deep dark suspicion|
that pretty soon we should start looking around
for another planet for ourselves.
Wolfgang Borchert (20 May 1921 – 20 November 1947)
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Mikhail Bulgakov (15 May 1891 – 10 März 1940)
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
“There's no doubt about it -
gardeners are the only true artists
Joris Karl Huysmans (5 February 1848 – 12 May 1907)
* Alright, two more:
"Art and prayer are the only decent ejaculations of the soul."
"Only the chaste are truly obscene."
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
My head is full of them, one after the other,
but they serve no purpose there.
They must be put down on paper,
one after the other.
Camilo José Cela (11 May 1916 – 17 January 2002)
Monday, May 10, 2021
Sunday, May 09, 2021
|The Revolt of the Masses|
"Better beware of
notions like genius and inspiration;
they are a sort of magic wand
and should be used sparingly by anybody
who wants to see things clearly."
José Ortega y Gasset (9 May 1883 – 18 October 1955)
Saturday, May 08, 2021
The Crying of Lot 49,
Against the Day*,
"If they can get you asking the wrong questions,
they don't have to worry about the answers.
* List of Episodes in Against the Day
* Pynchon Wiki: Against the Day
Thomas Pynchon *8 May 1937
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
|"I don't have many friends. |
It's not because I'm a misanthrope.
It's because I'm reserved. I'm self-contained.
I get all my adventures in my head
when I'm writing my books."
Ian Rankin *28 April 1960
Roberto Bolaño (28 April 1953 – 15 July 2003)
Monday, April 26, 2021
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
|Love of, and respect for, the humble routine|
of everyday life and its creatures
was the only moral commandment
which carried conviction when I was a child.
Halldór Laxness (23. April 1902 in Reykjavík – 8. Februar 1998)
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Monday, April 19, 2021
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Gabriel García Márquez (6 March 1927 – 17 April 2014)