Thursday, January 22, 2009

mood of the day

quotes of the day

"What fabrications they are, mothers. Scarecrows, wax dolls for us to stick pins into, crude diagrams. We deny them an existence of their own, we make them up to suit ourselves – our own hungers, our own wishes, our own deficiencies. Now that I’ve been one myself, I know."


"Why is it we want so badly to memorialize ourselves? Even while we’re still alive. We wish to assert our existence, like dogs peeing on fire hydrants. We put on display our framed photographs, our parchment diplomas, our silver-plated cups; we monogram our linen, we carve our names on trees, we scrawl them on washroom walls. It’s all the same impulse. What do we hope from it? Applause, envy, respect? Or simply attention, of any kind we can get? At the very least we want a witness. We can’t stand the idea of our own voices falling silent finally, like a radio running down."

Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

p.s. to Jess -- This is such a "Jess book", and when I'm finished with it, it will be on its way to you. Consider it done.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

mood of the day

quote of the day

"I am sure of nothing except that to believe you know where you are headed is not to understand where one is at the moment."

--Dale Cooper, My Life, My Tapes (as heard by Scott Frost)