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Breath

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about the Marquis de Sade, vanitas paintings, and preserving apricots as a metaphor for preserving beauty

Solnit, R. (2013). Breath. In Solnit, R. The Faraway Nearby. Viking, pp. 77-96

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[...] I wish that I could put up yesterday's evening sky for all posterity, could preserve a night of love, the sound of a mountain stream, a realization as it sets my mind afire, a dance, a day of harmony, ten thousand glorious days of clouds that will instead vanish and never be seen again, line them up in jars where they might be admired in the interim and tasted again as needed. My historian's nature regards with dismay that all these things arise and perish, though there will always be more clouds and more days, if not for me or for you. Photographs preserve a little of this, and I've kept tens of thousands of e-mails and letters, but there is no going back.

original topic: preserving apricots

—p.82 by Rebecca Solnit 7 years, 2 months ago

[...] I wish that I could put up yesterday's evening sky for all posterity, could preserve a night of love, the sound of a mountain stream, a realization as it sets my mind afire, a dance, a day of harmony, ten thousand glorious days of clouds that will instead vanish and never be seen again, line them up in jars where they might be admired in the interim and tasted again as needed. My historian's nature regards with dismay that all these things arise and perish, though there will always be more clouds and more days, if not for me or for you. Photographs preserve a little of this, and I've kept tens of thousands of e-mails and letters, but there is no going back.

original topic: preserving apricots

—p.82 by Rebecca Solnit 7 years, 2 months ago

a still life that contains collections of objects symbolic of the inevitability of death and the transience and vanity of earthly achievements and pleasures; it exhorts the viewer to consider mortality and to repent; most notable during the 16th/17th centuries in Flanders and the Netherlands

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The still life with lobster by Abraham van Beyeren is supposed to be a vanitas painting because of the pocket watch

defined as "about the futility of human cravings, aspirations, and attachments in the face of the transience of all things"

—p.87 by Rebecca Solnit
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7 years, 2 months ago

The still life with lobster by Abraham van Beyeren is supposed to be a vanitas painting because of the pocket watch

defined as "about the futility of human cravings, aspirations, and attachments in the face of the transience of all things"

—p.87 by Rebecca Solnit
notable
7 years, 2 months ago

(noun) an incidental right (as a right-of-way) attached to a principal property right and passing in possession with it / (noun) a subordinate part or adjunct / (noun) accessory objects; apparatus

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domestic scenes with the appurtenances of still life

used like "accessories" here

—p.88 by Rebecca Solnit
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7 years, 2 months ago

domestic scenes with the appurtenances of still life

used like "accessories" here

—p.88 by Rebecca Solnit
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7 years, 2 months ago

(noun) a minute, usually microscopic organism

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Dutchmen looking through the first microscopes were discovering the world of animalcules

—p.89 by Rebecca Solnit
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7 years, 2 months ago

Dutchmen looking through the first microscopes were discovering the world of animalcules

—p.89 by Rebecca Solnit
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7 years, 2 months ago