"It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment."
— Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (via merulae)
Posted 8 hours ago
"Don’t touch me; I’ll die if you touch me."
— Vladimir Nabokov (via extrvterrestre)
(Source: drunk-on-books, via extrvterrestre)
Posted 12 hours ago
Jorge Luis Borges: The Task of Art
The task of art is to transform what is continuously happening to us, to transform all these things into symbols, into music, into something which can last in man’s memory. That is our duty. If we don’t fulfill it, we feel unhappy. A writer or any artist has the sometimes joyful duty to transform all that into symbols. These symbols could be colors, forms or sounds. For a poet, the symbols are sounds and also words, fables, stories, poetry. The work of a poet never ends. It has nothing to do with working hours. Your are continuously receiving things from the external world. These must be transformed, and eventually will be transformed. This revelation can appear anytime. A poet never rests. He’s always working, even when he dreams. Besides, the life of a writer, is a lonely one. You think you are alone, and as the years go by, if the stars are on your side, you may discover that you are at the center of a vast circle of invisible friends whom you will never get to know but who love you. And that is an immense reward.
francesc abad, counting and numbering the freckles of a part of the arm by assistants, 1973)