Monthly Archives: January 2011

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“… the luminous dawns we liked to walk in, the sea that held us, the slow moving through the heavy herbal stone-warmed air of noon, the renewal of the first evening hour, the sound of tree frog and cicada and … Continue reading

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“The sum of the oeuvre as it now stands adds up to a double affirmation of the beauty of the world and its strangeness. Go to Mexico and discover that, for you, the archetypal hacienda may turn out to be … Continue reading

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“No one has ever done anything worth doing who thought about the reader.” Sybille Bedford, quoted in the Daily Telegraph obituary.

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“The English belief in the fundamental necessity of sticking to the law – do not take the law into your own hands – and against that the impulse nurtured by my life in Italy and France that in some issues … Continue reading

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“It would seem that the pangs of Mediterranean longings are mainly felt by those from Northern birth.” A Favourite of the Gods

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“Hate is nothing, even in politics, hate is only temper and unhappiness; it’s an accident. It is stupid and unkind to let it overtake one. I don’t hate men who wear black shirts. I sometimes hate what they do – … Continue reading

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What can we do?” said Anna. “Learn to be kind wise and kind”, said Constanza… A Favourite of the Gods

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“Unforgivingness breeds war; exploited resentment, treasured grievances. If we don’t learn to forget a wrong no sooner than it’s done or said, if we don’t all of us – privately and collectively – draw a line below the past every … Continue reading

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