December 7, 2008

"Paintings that matter are like the bedsheet indentations of someone who has left, or the glow a bright light leaves on the eye after you’ve turned away, or a letter that arrives after its author has died.  It would be wrong to call this nostalgia.  It’s something else, which also has to do with remembering.  Paintings that matter are phantom limbs.  They are the lingering sensations of things that the world has amputated from us: childhood wonder, the exhilaration of first love, the curiosity and terror of inexperience.  And it’s painful."
– Jonathan Safran Foer

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  1. Yes… that’s beautiful. And a pretty perfect way of putting things.


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