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June 4, 2005

The mystery in Pittsburgh


"Through the years, a man peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, tools, stars, horses and people. Shortly before his death, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the image of his own face."

I was drawn to this memorable observation of Jorge Luis Borges last evening when I received, just before I went to bed, a mysterious email.

A person chooses things to identify with.


We make our stumbling way through life.

"Explanations are simply clumsy rationalizations with hindsight," said Ingmar Bergman.


That epigram crystallized things for me the instant I read it.

I have never thought much of the reasons given for what I or others do.

To me such things are personal flags of convenience, if you will, allowing our passage onward to the next port.


They may be altered, shed, or clung to as convenience or circumstance demand, but they are never the final word.

Nor can there ever be a final word.


[via JBG]

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I won't pretend to understand this post, but I'm happy you've incorporated cover art to two of my favorite things -- Julia and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.

Posted by: Arch Deluxe | Jul 10, 2006 1:26:26 AM

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