Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"I'd feel the other place running against the membrane of the world, almost touching it"



"I'd feel the other place running against the membrane of the world, almost touching it" - The Other Place by Mary Gaitskill

5 comments:

ρομπερτ said...

What a thoughtful title, picture as well. Impressed. Please have a good Wednesday.


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Mary Ann said...

Usually the quotes you choose have fantastic stand-alone value--I rarely wonder about the context that they came from. But this one is different. I don't know what it means and I really wish I did.

Martina said...

ρομπερτ, thanks very much for your visit and your comment.

Mary Ann, you are right - this is a different one and I am not sure I can explain. The story I quoted from the last days is disturbing ("raw" as Paula has said in a comment) and I kind of wanted to end this series with something poetic, more positive. Or, like ρομπερτ said, thoughtful. The "other place" might be (and this is in total contrast to the story) our positive imagination, our positive phantasy and I like the idea that sometimes this other place might touch our real life. So: I simply liked the sentence. And I like the photo, too. Empty benches often make me think of all the people who sat there, with their hopes, their lives, their imaginations, their "other places". The bench is ready for the next visitors. Does all this makes sense? I don't know.
The short story - you can read it here - rings - besides being disturbing - hollow, not authentic. I don't think it induces me to read other Gaitskill's stories or novels.

donnie said...

contemplating gravity :))

Martina said...

donnie, *grin* yes.

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