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message 1: by Mir (new)

Mir Interesting list! Can you expand more on the theme?


message 2: by l. (new)

l. Miriam wrote: "Interesting list! Can you expand more on the theme?"

the title is from milosz' 'not that i want to be a good or hero/just to change into a tree / grow for ages / not hurt anyone.' it's a list of books that deal with a kind of longing for transcendence from our earthly flesh prisons. books that involve women turning into stone, into trees.. I don't know, I used to be obsessed with the idea of kenosis and it still holds a certain attraction.


message 3: by l. (new)

l. Miriam wrote: "Interesting list! Can you expand more on the theme?"

interestingly, came across this quote from the alexiad today: "It is extraordinary that nobody nowadays under the stress of great troubles is turned into stone or a bird or a tree or some inanimate object; they used to undergo such metamorphoses in ancient times (or so they say), though whether that is myth or a true story I know not. Maybe it would be better to change one’s nature into something that lacks all feeling, rather than be so sensitive to evil. Had that been possible, these calamities would in all probability have turned me to stone."


message 4: by Mir (new)

Mir virgodura wrote: "Miriam wrote: "Interesting list! Can you expand more on the theme?"

the title is from milosz' 'not that i want to be a good or hero/just to change into a tree / grow for ages / not hurt anyone.' i..."


Funny coincidence, I just today read Adam Zagajewski's poem "Reading Milosz".

Sometimes your tone
transforms us for a moment,
we believe--truly--
that every day is sacred



message 5: by l. (new)

l. Miriam wrote: "virgodura wrote: "Miriam wrote: "Interesting list! Can you expand more on the theme?"

the title is from milosz' 'not that i want to be a good or hero/just to change into a tree / grow for ages / n..."


yes, his poetry is amazing and he loved cats. a good man :)


message 6: by Mir (new)

Mir I didn't know about the cats.


message 7: by l. (new)

l. Miriam wrote: "I didn't know about the cats."

he had a russian blue! also, the student who used to mind his house and his cats when he was away used to call him cheesy meatloaf iirc


message 8: by Mir (new)

Mir Those are nice. My friend brought to visit and it matched my carpet:




message 9: by l. (new)

l. Miriam wrote: "Those are nice. My friend brought to visit and it matched my carpet:

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What a gorgeous cat!


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