Chat me up

The authors I’m reading right now are ruining me for regular society. Reading the thoughtful, erudite, fascinating and beautiful prose of Christian Wiman in his Ambition and Survival and Rebecca Solnit in her Field Guide to Getting Lost is making it almost impossible for me to engage with the lesser minds of everyday life, especially my own. Wiman, from his essay “The Limit”: “[My father] knew — he taught me — love’s necessary severities, how it will work itself into, even be most intense within, forms of such austere and circumscribed dimensions that, to the uninitiated, it might not seem like love at all.”

From Solnit: “We treat desire as a problem to be solved, address what desire is for and focus on that something and how to acquire it rather than on the nature and the sensation of desire, though often it is the distance between us and the object of desire that fills the space in between with the blue of longing. I wonder sometimes whether with a slight adjustment of perspective it could be cherished as a sensation in its own terms, since it is as inherent to the human condition as blue is to distance….For something of this longing will, like the blue of distance, only be relocated, not assuaged, by acquisition and arrival, just as the mountains cease to be blue when you arrive among them and the blue instead tints the next beyond.”

No offense, friends, beloveds, casual acquaintances, strangers on the street, oh my own self, but you’ve got to up your game.

On another matter, my work is being featured all week on Sundress Publications’ Wardrobe blog:


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