Category Books

Seeing the world

Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world only, our own, we see that world multiply itself and we have at our disposal as many worlds as there are original artists, worlds more different one from the other than those which revolve in infinite space… – Marcel Proust, from Le Temps Retrouve Near-poetry. (Probably even […]

Poems!

April is, among many other wonderful things (husband’s birthday, our anniversary, bringer of true signs of spring), POETRY month! I love poetry! To celebrate, I’ll post favorites through the month, paired with images (rooms, settings, characters, vignettes) that they inspire in my mind’s eye. Today’s poem celebrates the small things of the domestic front. Or, celebrate is perhaps the wrong […]

imperfect = you

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There’s a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in. – Leonard Cohen, Anthem Leonard Cohen’s zen spin on the Japanese “wabi-sabi” – the art or embracing of the imperfect, the impermanent and incomplete. Variations exist in many faiths and cultures, though (tragically) […]

Elements of Home: Books

I’m with Albert.  The 200 pound, 40 year old orangutan residing in Gdansk Zoo who won’t go to sleep until his keeper reads him 50 pages of Pride and Prejudice each night. I really, truly wish that this was a not-odd service to engage (as a literate adult): someone to read you to sleep.  What sublime luxury… Whether […]