Quote for Today: Italo Calvino

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The real protagonist of the story, however, is the magic ring, because it is the movements of the ring that determine those of the characters and because it is the ring that establishes the relationships between them. Around the magic object there forms a kind of force field that is in fact the territory of the story itself. We might say that the magic object is an outward and visible sign that reveals the connection between people or between events. . . We might even say that in a narrative any object is always magic.

Italo Calvino, Six Memos For The Next Millennium

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Quote for Today: Paul Dermée

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Is it a world in the making
that turns as it whistles to the depths of my being
It is burning
Suppose it were to appear
A bleeding rosary at the window
a sun setting on the marshlands

 

Paul Dermée, “The Silver Clasp”, The Cubist Poets in Paris: An Anthology
Kuwaiti oil fires, Gulf War, 1991, Public Domain Image by Jonas Jordan, US Army Corps of Engineers