It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,
it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light,
it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope,
it was the winter of despair,
we had everything before us,
we had nothing before us,
we were all going direct to Heaven,
we were all going direct the other way
– A tale of two cities / Charles Dickens
The hedgehog’s dilemma, or sometimes the porcupine dilemma, is an analogy about the challenges of human intimacy. It describes a situation in which a group of hedgehogs all seek to become close to one another in order to share their heat during cold weather. However, once accomplished, they cannot avoid hurting one another with their sharp quills. They must step away from one another. Though they all share the intention of a close reciprocal relationship, this may not occur for reasons which they cannot avoid.
my all time favorite author writing about film produced by my favorite director
when murakami meets jean luc godard
“Well, for example if you cry in Alphaville, they arrest you and execute you in public”
“’Cause in Alphaville, you’re not allowed to have deep feelings.
So there’s nothing like love. No contradictions, no irony.
They do everything according to numerical formulas.”
– After Dark, Haruki Murakmi
– ‘One day, I was already old,
in the entrance of a public place a man came up to me.
He introduced himself and said:
‘I’ve known you for years.
Everyone says you were beautiful when you were young,
but I want to tell you I think you’re more beautiful now than then.
Rather than your face as a young woman,
I prefer your face s it is now. Ravaged.’
– ” I’ve never written, though I thought I wrote,
never loved, though I thought I loved,
never done anything but wait outside the closed door.”
Marguerite Duras – The Lover
“That was what she really wanted.
To forget so thoroughly she’d never have another memory again,
the bitter so bitter you gave up the sweet.”
— Janet Fitch