I have not blogged for some time and the winter ice and cold has limited my
taking photographs. A few weeks ago I came across some cards based on
Nick Bantocks's Griffin & Sabine Trilogy. If you have not read it it is the story
of a couple who have never meet exchanging cards and letters when they
discover they have a "magical connection" They basically tell each other
the story of their lives and then begin to share the stories of their current
travels. The stories are accompanied by postcards, letters and stamps with
striking images. I have to admit I liked the third book the least when an
antagonist was introduced and a more conventional plot was introduced.
I preferred just hearing their personal histories and the narratives of their
travels. I had not been rereading them long before I began to sense a
connection, at least for me to the works of W.G. Sebald and I reread my
copy of Austerlitz, his works largely avoid conventional plot, consisting
instead of personal histories, chance encounters, descriptions of places seen
while traveling or snippets from his reading and he includes B&W photos
in the books.
Both authors dealt with personal history, art, conversation, descriptions,
memory and I think convey a sense of what I, at least, feel in the internal
mental dialogue we conduct with ourselves.
For my quotes I have chosen one from Sebald's Austerlitz about how the things
that comprise our mental landscape will fade with time and the second a quote
by the astronomer Martin Rees about how much our memories mean in the great
scheme of things.
scheme of things.
“...the darkness does not lift but becomes yet heavier as
I think how little we can hold in mind, how everything is constantly
lapsing into oblivion with every extinguished life, how the world is, as
it were, draining itself, in that the history of countless places and objects
which themselves have no power or memory is never heard, never
described or passed on.”
"Our sun, however, is less than halfway through its lifespan. It will not be humans
who watch the sun's demise, 6bn years from now. Any creatures that then exist
will be as different from us as we are from bacteria or amoebae.”