Picasso says : “if we hold 1 mirror up to 1 true piece of art, it will become fogged.”
HUO: You say that you can write only in the daytime, but not when the sun is shining. When the sun is out, you can’t write. That’s why the overcast days are so important to you?
FM: Yes. I enjoyed it so much one November when there was only fog. I have always wished for November, over and over and over again.
SO: You also said once that you’d inherited your melancholy from your mother. That might also have something to do with your affinity for fog. But I don’t hear anything melancholy in your voice, only a sense of joy. You might be lucky enough that there’s enough melancholy, but also not too much, for the work you do.
FM: Yes, it’s true I need melancholy for my work. Sometimes I cry while working, too. That’s just how it is.
the leaves turned brown on the plane trees and a slight blue mist fuzzed the sootblack churches