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lunes, 30 de junio de 2014

Joan Didion on mementos (Blue Nights)

Joan Didion


In fact I no longer value this kind of memento.
I no longer want reminders of what was, what got broken, what got lost, what got wasted.

… objects for which there is no satisfactory resolution.


[…]


I continue opening boxes.
I find more faded and cracked photographs that I want ever again to see.
I find many engraved invitations to the weddings of people who are no longer married.
I find many mass cards from the funerals of people whose faces I no longer remember.
In theory these mementos serve to bring back the moment.
In fact they serve only to make clear how inadequate I appreciated the moment when it was here.
How inadequately I appreciated the moment when it was here is something else I could never afford to see.
 

-Joan Didion

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