blue magic

Dec. 3rd, 2011 11:58 pm
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We are absurdly accustomed to the miracle of a few written signs being able to contain immortal imagery, involutions of thought, new worlds with live people, speaking, weeping, laughing. We take it for granted so simply that in a sense, by the very act of brutish routine acceptance, we undo the work of the ages, the history of the gradual elaboration of poetical description and construction, from the treeman to Browning, from the caveman to Keats. What if we awake one day, all of us, and find ourselves utterly unable to read?...Although I am capable, through long dabbling in blue magic, of imitating any prose in the world (but singularly enough not verse--I am am miserable rhymester), I do not consider myself a true artist, save in one matter: I can do what only a true artist can do--pounce upon the forgotten butterfly of revelation, wean myself abruptly from the habit of things, see the web of the world, and the warp and weft of that web....for a moment I found myself enriched with an indescribable amazement as if informed that fireflies were making decodable signals on behalf of stranded spirits, or that a bat was writing a legible tale of torture in the bruised and branded sky.

~ Nabokov, Pale Fire

Date: 2011-12-04 07:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah everybody wants to dig up Nabokov, open up his coffin and say to the dust there... "IT NEVER HAPPENED". He really is a man of the past eh?

Date: 2011-12-18 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Have a wonder holiday sweetie.


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