Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Quote from The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

“People disappear when they die. Their voice, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living memory of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continue to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humor, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic. “

Maybe that’s why we blog, hoping for a little immortality? Or maybe that’s why we delete entire blogs, entire entries, uncomfortable with the thought that this passing mood or passion will live to be an embarrassment?

April 21, 2009 - Posted by | Blogroll, Books, Fiction, Language, Poetry/Literature


  1. Intlxpatr ;

    In your opinion What is the most embarrassing post you made on your blog ?

    Comment by daggero | April 21, 2009 | Reply

  2. i wondered where you were!

    Actually, there haven’t been many, maybe one or two. I can’t even remember them – they would be posts I wrote in anger, and then posted, and thought about it later and deleted.

    There are some I see and think “why did I post that? what a waste of time!” but that’s not such an embarrassment; I can be shallow and trivial and oh well, I’m human. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 22, 2009 | Reply

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