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"This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn't turn out to be like Literature"

I envy you the pain

“How you live your life is your business. But remember, our hearts and our bodies are given to us only once. Most of us can’t help but live as though we’ve got two lives to live, one is the mockup, the other the finished version, and then there are all those versions in between. But there’s only one, and before you know it, your heart is worn out, and, as for your body, there comes a point when no one looks at it, much less wants to come near it. Right now there’s sorrow. I don’t envy you the pain. But I envy you the pain.”

André Aciman, Call Me Be Your Name

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Milan, 2017

(*)Every breaking wave on the shore tells the next one there’ll be one more

 

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Era esto

“Me enamoré de la literatura porque se parecía mucho a la realidad, tanto que podía confundirse con ella. Pero la literatura me proporcionaba más respuestas que la vida. En ella, los círculos se cerraban, todo encajaba, uno llegaba al final y suspiraba: ah, era esto.”

Laura Ferrero, Qué vas a hacer con el resto de tu vida

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Cape Cod, 2017

(*)Nothing’s wrong when nothing’s true

Autumn

“To take the moment before something had actually happened, and you didn’t know if it was going to be terrible or if it might be very funny, something extraordinary actually happening and yet everybody around it not taking any notice at all.”

Ali Smith, Autumn

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Torino, 2017

(*)Hold the light that fixes you in time

The Great Stories

“The secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again.”

Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

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New York, 2017

(*)If you get lonely give this song another listen, close your eyes

 

Lo raro es vivir

“Es que es todo muy raro, en cuanto te fijas un poco. Lo raro es vivir. Que estemos aquí sentados, que hablemos y se nos oiga, poner una frase detrás de otra sin mirar ningún libro, que no nos duela nada, que lo que bebemos entre por el camino que es y sepa cuándo tiene que torcer, que nos alimente el aire y a otros ya no, que según el antojo de las vísceras nos den ganas de hacer una cosa o la contraria y que de esas ganas dependa a lo mejor el destino, es mucho a la vez, tú, no se abarca, y lo más raro es que lo encontramos normal.”

Carmen Martín Gaite, Lo raro es vivir

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Barcelona, 2017

(*)Barcelona, how can I forget

También esto pasará

“Y sin embargo la luz rosada y blanca de la mañana, el aire diáfano y el mar reluciente y tranquilo desmienten todas las tragedias del mundo y se empeñan en afirmar que somos felices y que lo tenemos todo.”

Milena Busquets, También esto pasará

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Sitges, 2017

(*)No sé si estoy despierto o tengo los ojos abiertos

Bluets

“The half-circle of blinding turquoise ocean is this love’s primal scene. That this blue exists makes my life a remarkable one, just to have seen it. To have seen such beautiful things. To find oneself placed in their midst. Choiceless.”

“I have been trying to place myself in a land of great sunshine, and abandon my will therewith.”

Maggie Nelson, Bluets

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Sant Pol de Mar, 2017

(*)Summer slipped us underneath her tongue

Maneras de vivir

“En ciertos momentos de confusión en los que uno no sabe qué dirección tomar, y va avanzando con el alma turbada y rota, conviene echar la vista atrás, muy atrás, para entender quiénes somos y hacia dónde vamos. Apretar la tecla de rebobinar, ver nuestra vida en dirección contraria, pararla en un momento determinado que tal vez pasara inadvertido, pero que, visto desde el presente, destella como una revelación y explica mucho de lo que somos.”

Javier Aznar, ¿Dónde vamos a bailar esta noche?

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Pompeya, 2017

(*)Don’t look back in anger, I heard you say

 

Skyscrapers and statues

“did you think i was a city
big enough for a weekend getaway
i am the town surrounding it
the one you’ve never heard of
but always pass through
there are no neon lights here
no skyscrapers or statues
but there is thunder
for i make bridges tremble”

Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

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Barcelona, 2017

(*)Cause I’ve been scared of crowded places

Story of Your Life

“I thought to myself, the ray of light has to know where it will ultimately end up before it can choose the direction to begin moving in. I knew what it reminded me of.”

“We experienced events in an order, and perceived their relationship as cause and effect. They experienced all events at once, and perceived a purpose underlying them all. A minimizing, maximizing purpose.”

Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others

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Empordà, 2017

(*)And thousands upon thousands made an ocean