Autobiography of Red
Autobiography of Red was recommended to me by someone who has pointed me in the direction of brilliantly fabulous books. Anne Carson is an amazing writer. She chooses words and combines them in ways that delight and surprise, and also more. Her fascination with and command of language proves what can be done with language. Other writers in comparison often only arrange letters.
Some excerpts/points of interest:
3- Gertrude Stein quote
4 "Nouns name the world. Verbs activate the names. Adjectives come from somewhere else."
-"These small imported mechanisms are in charge of attaching everything in the worlds to its place in particularity. They are the latches of being."
22- Emily Dickinson, "Can human nature not survive without a listener?"
-"The only secret people keep is Immortality."
23- (stones) "To stop and imagine the life of each one!"
26- "A space for its meaning remained there but blank. The letters themselves could be found hung on branches of furniture in the area."
28- "Facts are bigger in the dark"
36- He would remember when he was past forty the dusty almost medieval smell of the screen itself as it pressed its grid onto his face."
39- "They were two superior eels at the bottom of the tank and they recognized each other like italics."
43-"'How does distance look?' is a simple direct question, It extends from a spaceless within to the edge
of what can be loved. It depends on light."
46- "Sometimes a journey makes itself necessary."
48- "He could feel the house of sleepers around him like loaves on shelves."
49- toast and death
51- "Red Patience"
56- "Nothing to say. Nothing."
58- "Why are you along in this huge blank garden like a piece of electricity?"
59- Barnum circus
65- "...photography is a way of playing with perceptual relationships."
66- "...nobody knows how to look at a photograph nowadays."
70- "Huge wads of silence stuffed the air."
72- yellowing index card
-Muhammad Ali, poems
75- slide projector
80- 15 names for clouds
-"What is time made of?"
82- Heidegger, postcards
90- "It is an abstraction. Just a meaning that we impose upon motion."
92- "White is black. Black is white. Perhaps I will get some new information about Red."
93- time, photographs
-"Children make you see distances."
97- slippery foods
98- "Empty street below gave back nothing of itself. Cars nested along the curb on their shadows. Buildings leaned back out of the street."
105- Philosophic problems, red
106- Walt Whitman
120- water tank
125- "trying to think how to photograph Lima"
131- "Human Valentines"
139- "I am a beast"
145- Photographs #1748
-"The Only Secret People Keep"
148- blinking, blindness