Quotes collected over time to construct a full and singular portrait.
Walter Benjamin collected quotes in little black notebooks that he carried everywhere. Hannah Arendt said he “read from them aloud, showed them around like items from a choice and precious collection.”
According to Susan Sontag, Walter’s ideal project was “a work of literary criticism that was to consist entirely of quotation, and would thereby be devoid of anything that might betray empathy.”
On Photography ends with an homage to Walter, a quotes-only piece, explaining that “though collecting quotations could be considered as merely an ironic mimetism, the collector becomes someone engaged in a pious work of salvage.”
In The Moving Body, Jacques Lecoq believed that “to mime is literally to embody and therefore to understand better,” that miming becomes a form of knowledge.
See also: https://archive.org/details/mail-blog-oct-31-2021/mode/1up
Lately when cooking (unless I'm really in the mood) I find myself thinking, "This is taking an absurdly long time."
I sat down beside a small, smoldering fire, and amused myself with a hearty fit of crying
I love to work and pay
The hideous price of seeking infinite knowledge
what I know so far is that she was loved and that she died, nothing more. Maybe those are the most important things you can know about a person
no one is looking at me in particular ... yet I can feel all [the] eyes burning into my flesh
you often don't know until after the fact what you should remember, and by then you're stuck with the things you would rather have forgotten
There's a whole history to be written about bohemian aunts and queer uncles, about those family members who swoop down to encourage misfit children in ways their parents won't or can't.