dove passa by Mauro Brancorsini
People say that because of Google Earth and the Net, travel is less of a priority. I would say the opposite is the case. The very fact of easy interconnection, and the illusion such contact creates of understanding, makes travel ever more necessary. The world is not what it seems.
I think the world has been made more restless, more volatile, more impatient through the Internet, and it has robbed people of contemplative solitude and introduced a new solitude, a sort of loneliness induced by a buzz of information. But these very alterations in culture, far from diminishing curiosity, have made much of the world less predictable, more dramatic and accessible, full of paradoxes that have to be seen to be believed.
1. People who “hate getting old” are idiots. Every year is a privilege. Let me tell you, callow miserabilists: getting to 60 feels like a triumph.
6. When someone starts a sentence “I’m not being…”, they always are.
8. All these memories darting through my mind like discarded fairground goldfish in a sewer. The random kindnesses of strangers, how they glide and shimmer.
17. The scarier the world becomes, the more important it is to focus on the correct use of “less” and “fewer”.
35. There is not a single bad mood that cannot be lifted, however grudgingly, by reading a Larkin poem.
A child is
with her fingers
storing away light and gifts.
A man is reading words
holding down the pages with his fingers
storing away flames and shadows.
‘Reading and Picking’
Read, picked, and compiled
A child picking flowers. A man reading poems.