A thinking mind is not swallowed up by what it comes to know. It reaches out to grasp something related to itself and to its present knowledge (and so knowable in some degree) but also separate from itself and from its present knowledge (not identical with these). In any act of thinking, the mind must reach across this space between known and unknown, linking one to the other but also keeping visible to difference. It is an erotic space.
Anne Carson, Eros the Bittersweet
"In surrealism, objects are both very realistic and fantastic (meaning unrealistic). Another element of Surrealism is the absurd juxtaposition of objects... The goal is for it not to make complete sense but instead work on the spectrum of dreams or altered state of mind.It's intended to represent the real process of thought. Free of control from any sort of reason aesthetic, or moral. Early Surrealist saw this untapped inner psyche as the true source of dreams, imagination, and true mind of poetry and felt it needed to be explored."
soft edges—not a formlessness but a gaseous loosening of form that gives his music a dreamlike quality, like it's right in front of you but out of focus.
It’s an irritating reality that many places and events defy description... They seem to demand silence, like a love affair you can never talk about. For a while after, you fumble for words, trying vainly to assemble a private narrative, an explanation, a comfortable way to frame where you’ve been and what’s happened. In the end, you’re just happy you were there, with your eyes open, and lived to see it.
| Anthony Bourdain