luciancollier "When someone seeks," said Siddartha, "then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal." ~ Hermann Hesse 12mon
  •   bookmateriality Lucian, I do hope you are well. I have a piece of card, fittingly referred to as a postcard on its way...an interlude to our correspondence. 10mon

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luciancollier "I'm a cold cup of coffee, a half mixed deck of cards." ~ C.F 1y

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luciancollier "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." ~ Henry David Thoreau 1y

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luciancollier "It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise."
~ Henry David Thoreau
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luciancollier "Do not imagine that Art is something which is designed to give gentle uplift and self-confidence. Art is not a 'brassière'. At least, not in the English sense. But do not forget that 'brassière' is the French for life-jacket." ~ Julian Barnes 1y
  •   anoushkainwonderland This is so many of my favourite things: Paris, philosophy/theory of art, and the delightful Julian Barnes. 1y
  •   luciancollier @an0therinfinite It is a pleasure to appeal to your tastes as mine are so similar. I long to be back in Paris.. 1y
  •   anoushkainwonderland It is such a joy/rarity to find someone whose loves are the same. Honestly, so many of the European cities are labyrinths waiting to be found. 1y
  •   aisling.ar Beautiful photo, Lucian! Like always! PS: you went to Paris! I remember when you told me you always wanted to go there. 1y

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luciancollier "The poet must always, in every instance, have the vibrant word... that by it's trenchancy can so wound my soul that it whimpers.... One must know and recognize not merely the direct but the secret power of the word; one must be able to give one's writing unexpected effects. It must have a hectic, anguished vehemence, so that it rushes past like a gust of air, and it must have a latent, roistering tenderness so that it creeps and steals one's mind; it must be able to ring out like a sea-shanty in a tremendous hour, in the time of the tempest, and it must be able to sigh like one who, in tearful mood, sobs in his inmost heart." ~ Knut Hamsun 1y
  •   supposedformer Perfect for this shite weather we're having hope you're having a good day mate 1y
  •   luciancollier @nolongerformer Ah, Jonas - now this is where I must disagree.. I find this weather sublime. Truly - give me rain and dreary grey skies anyday. Bizarre, I know. My day is going well so far thankyou, I intend to spend it reading and writing, thus it can only increase in splendour. I hope yours will be equally pleasant, irregadless of the weather, hah? 1y
  •   supposedformer Hahaha oh, don't get me wrong. I love grey skies & rain clouds too but not on days when i have to run around doing errands. My day is going well, thank you. Just about to finish with my shenanigans & then its time to look for a place to spend the rest of the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon mate. (: 1y
  •   luciancollier @nolongerformer Ah yes, well then, that is understandable. It's easy to take my viewpoint when I am safely huddled away in my secluded room. I wish you the best of luck in your quest. Thanks Jonas. :) 1y
  •   missuku lovely dreary day in NYC as well, @luciancollier - top reading weather! only wish you were here 1y

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luciancollier "The Poet is a kinsman in the clouds
Who scoffs at archers, loves a stormy day;
But on the ground, among the hooting crowds,
He cannot walk, his wings are in the way." ~ Charles Baudelaire
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luciancollier "What enriches language is its being handled and exploited by beautiful minds–not so much by making innovations as by expanding it through more vigorous and varied applications, by extending it and deploying it. It is not words that they contribute: what they do is enrich their words, deepen their meanings and tie down their usage; they teach it unaccustomed rhythms, prudently though and with ingenuity." ~ Michel de Montaigne 1y
  •   luciancollier @decackroyd Camus virgin. Heard great things - fervently looking forward to reading him. 1y
  •   luciancollier @decackroyd Also, if you haven't read it already - "Steppenwolf" by Herman Hesse. I think you'd really like it. 1y
  •   decackroyd Outsider is astounding. I've also read the Plague, and some shorts. He's just absolutely brilliant. And I'll have to look for a copy of that, have read some of his poetry, and got a novel of his bur not gotten round to reading it yet 1y
  •   bookmateriality Sweet Jesus. This is an ace book haul. 1y
  •   luciancollier @__quotidianbanality__ I suspected it would hold your approval my dear Margaret. My usual bookshop had just restocked their basement entirely - I lost all restraint, all inhibition. This was only half of what I would have gladly left with. I just feel guilty for some of these that will have to wait a while to be read as I work my way through the mountainous stacks I am steadily accumulating. 1y
  •   bookmateriality The utmost approval. The highest states of zen I assume you were ascending when you walked through the door of that bookshop. Guilty you shall feel, alas- let that feeling be ephemeral. Happiness is being surrounded by those glorious mountains of paper, imbued with such human creativity, thought, knowledge and wisdom. Enjoy! 1y
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  •   aisling.ar @luciancollier Just send you my reply, my friend! (Lovely picture, by the way!) 1y

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luciancollier "Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash." - Leonard Cohen 1y

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luciancollier "I am alone in the midst of these happy, reasonable voices. All these creatures spend their time explaining, realizing happily that they agree with each other. In Heaven's name, why is it so important to think the same things all together." - Jean-Paul Sartre 1y
  •   anoushkainwonderland D. H. Lawrence, what an underrated, beautiful writer. 1y
  •   luciancollier @an0therinfinite Oh absolutely. The introduction to this collection of poetry revealed so very much about him and his workings. I highly recommend picking up this one if you come across it! I think Lady Chatterley's Lover may be next after my current read. 1y
  •   anoushkainwonderland I definitely will! I flirted with a selection of his poetry but didn't have enough money, oh me. I've read most of Chatterly (probably too young when I did, why I didn't finish.) But his short stories are also a dream, I'd recommend Odour of Chrysanthemums if you haven't read it. 1y
  •   luciancollier I thank you kindly for your recommendation. I haven't read it actually. I may be venturing to one of my favourite London second hand bookshops today in fact so I shall keep my eyes peeled for it. Yeah, I can imagine it's one to read as you age (I make this assumption on its reputation alone). Some of his letters are marvellous also. 1y
  •   anoushkainwonderland The language is both elaborate and taut, it's so wonderful - although I've never come across a publication of his short stories. Ooh which one is that? I have a couple I like (in Hampstead and Soho) but I've never delved properly. I agree about the reputation, I'll try again at some point. Gosh, I can imagine. 1y
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luciancollier "An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered." - G.K. Chesterton 1y

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luciancollier Presence at work this evening unexpectedly - gratefully - no longer required. What better way to celebrate than by starting a new read. 1y

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luciancollier It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what. - John Galsworthy 1y
  •   dylan.williams21 Great expectations is such a good read @luciancollier 1y
  •   ksejcek Haven't read Galsworthy but now I am inspired! 1y
  •   luciancollier @dylan000000 I'm looking forward to devouring it after my current book. It's a classic that has always eluded me when it came to choosing what to read next. 1y
  •   luciancollier @ksejcek I have to admit I hadn't even heard of him, nor the book, until a few days ago when it was mentioned as a contender on a list of "Best 20 British and Irish Novels of all time". Then by a strange and pleasant coincidence I noticed this copy in a charity shop today for £1, and simply had to get it. Judging by the quotes I've come across from it, it's going to be full of sumptuous prose. Eager to get it read. Glad to have inspired. :) 1y
  •   ksejcek @luciancollier seriously your quote that has me excited to dive in! Let me know what you think? 1y
  •   luciancollier @ksejcek Absolutely. I'll be sure to do so! 1y

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luciancollier The chief danger about Paris is that it is such a strong stimulant. -T.S. Eliot
(Paris)
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luciancollier “I’ve seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.” - Ernest Hemingway (Paris) 1y

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luciancollier "Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness. The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines. " - Paul Brunton (Berlin) 1y

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luciancollier Absence ceased. Cue European wanderings immortalised in tile format. First up - Berlin. 1y
  •   tiff_cat I love this 10mon
  •   luciancollier @tiff_cat Because your taste is impeccable Tiff. Still having troubles with the Sun? Ours just won't bloody disappear. When will the storms bring the calm. 10mon
  •   tiff_cat Haha thank you! You're an amazing photographer, don't stop. Yes, it's an endless summer. I want it to be fall, give me fall!! 10mon
  •   luciancollier Always welcome. I've tailed off with taking any of late, but still have a fair amount saved I'd like to share. It really is relentless. Temperatures are dropping, slowly but undeniably, and my temperament improves with each degree. Or perhaps not improves, more appropriately falls into accord with it. It will come, it must come, it is inevitable. I wish cloudy skies, heavy rainfall and terror dark wind gale a plenty for you. 10mon
  •   tiff_cat My temperament will improve as well 10mon

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luciancollier Beyond humbled and overjoyed at this second - "Mike" has just had the great of honour of winning the Crystal Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Unforgettable. 1y

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luciancollier -
"This melancholy London - I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually. One feels them passing like a whiff of air." - W. B. Yeats (London Underground Strike - 2014)
1y
  •   bookmateriality Don't be disturbed, Lucian, but you made a brief cameo in my dream last night. I am intensely intrigued by the dream state and always wonder if there is any weight to psychical connections and resonances that can occur between people, and the power of the mind. Anyhow, don't be alarmed, just me being curious and ruminating. 1y
  •   bookmateriality Oh, and this entrance is very familiar. 1y
  •   luciancollier @__quotidianbanality__ Well, I can assure - that leaves me not disturbed, but intrigued. Greatly so. You must elaborate on its nature in your letter? I had a very disturbed sleep last night coincidentally - a number of both lucid and ambiguous dreams, and a spell of sleep paralysis (which I have not experienced for quite some time). Certainly a compelling topic and scenario, you must touch upon your views regarding it in your reply? I still find it strange (and wonderful) that you know these places. Somewhat quieter in this picture than when you were here perhaps, what with the strikes. Simply chaotic trying to get around London at the moment. How is life and such finding you? 1y
  •   bookmateriality I shall elaborate further in my return letter. Your sleep pattern, in turn, sounds particularly curious. This is exactly the type of sleep phenomena I am interested in- it is rather unorthodox, but I do think our minds are more powerful than we give them credit for- the unconscious 'vibes' that are transferred between people, and the notion of psychical resonances. I have only read fragments here-and-there, but it's an area that certainly sparked my interest. Sleep paralysis can be utterly debilitating for the short period of time that you have to endure it. I do hope you recovered, come morning, and the night disturbances did not disrupt your day. The strikes are still disturbing transport? I wonder if the little breakfast spot/cafe is still near the station? I recall having my last breakfast there before my flight back to Australia back in 2008. Life continues at break-neck speed. I find it hard to keep up. How does London bode? 1y

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luciancollier -
People say smoking is
a social man's pleasure.
That it may be,
but often - more often -
I just want to be alone.
To enjoy.
That,
and my thoughts.
1y

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