Monday, April 4, 2011

More Isherwood: SB is on a roll (but not a kaiser roll).

The harassed look is that of a desperately tired swimmer or runner; yet there is no question of stopping. The creature we are watching will struggle on and on until it drops. Not because it is heroic. It can imagine no alternative.

Staring and staring into the mirror, it sees many faces within its face - the face of the child, the boy, the young man, the not-so-young-man - all present still, preserved as fossils, dead. Their message to this live dying creature is: Look at us - we have died -what is there to be afraid of?

It answers them: But it happened so gradually, so easily. I am afraid of being rushed.


Ms. Moon said...

"I am afraid of being rushed."
Oh god. Me too.

Jeannie said...

I think Isherwood is my spiritual doppelganger. All you've quoted could have come from my mouth but not as well. He must be the twin that can communicate.

Alison Cross said...

Love it. What is that a quote from, SB.

From a fellow person who does not want to be rushed.....


Young at Heart said...

wow...what wise words indeed!!!!x

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Ms. Moon,
I knew you would agree.

Yeah, he really resonates with me also.

It's a quote from Isherwood's novel, A Single Man. The movie is sublime as well. I have watched it several times. It may be my favorite film

Young at Heart,
Yes indeed. Thank you for reading.

Love to all,


Syd said...

I used to rush myself but now I want to just slow down. I don't want to be rushed anymore.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Me either. Everybody in this society is rushing. I hate it. I simply refuse most of the time.