"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

The purpose of storytelling is "to portray ordinary objects as they will be reflected in the kindly mirrors of future times; to find in the objects around us the fragrant tenderness that only posterity will discern and appreciate in far-off times when every trifle of our plain everyday life will become exquisite and festive in its own right: the times when when a man who might put on the most ordinary jacket of today will be dressed up for an elegant masquerade."

[storytelling: Nabokov, "A Guide to Berlin"]

Posted by Daniel on 06.16.2009

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One gets so accustomed to another life running alongside one’s own that a sudden turn-off on the part of the parallel satellite causes in one a feeling of stupefaction, emptiness, and injustice.

[Neighbors: Nabokov, Pale Fire]

Posted by stronzo on 04.19.2009

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