Fornasetti Original Tema e Variazioni Plates designed by Piero Fornasetti, an artist from Milan, Italy. The face is that of nineteenth century operatic soprano Lina Cavalieri whose face he reproduced over 500 times in his life’s work series Tema e Variazioni (Themes and Variations).
It just occurred to me that this year I’ve written hardly anything. Of course I’ve been writing (uni reports, facebook comments, birthday cards etc) but I haven’t been writing just for the sake of it. It is scary to think that right now I just sat down at the computer and instantly went to facebook, buzzfeed, ABC iview, without even considering sitting down to write something. Anything. It is scary to think that it is completely possible that I could go through my entire life without writing anything for the sake of it. I live in a world of information for the taking. I take it, process it, but I really don’t know if I’m ever really synthesising it unless I write about it. And what is the point of all this information if it is not truly churned through the electric beaters of my brain, but instead dumped on the last sentence and picture and sound? Deserts of lifeless sand dunes without meaning or reason. Sure, verbal conversation and debate is fantastic, but the incredibly solitary act of writing for nobody in particular is the only truly pure mode of expression, of finding the lines between me and not me, and blurring them, and breaking them, and tying them back together again. Does rust close the conduit when the water dries up? Can an elastic band become too brittle to use if abandoned?
Rust, rust, go away. The waters are back, man.
Modest Mouse - Dramamine
I’ve said what I said and you know what I mean
But I can’t still focus on anything
San Francisco, CA.
Aesop Rock - Daylight