Mending

I love reading Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, William Faulkner and Gertrude Stein. They were writers who used stream of consciousness in their works. It is like you are hearing the internal thoughts and dialogue of the characters. It can be challenging to read and follow and some people hate it! I love it because if you don't focus so much on the meaning and let the words wash over you, then you get to enjoy the language. 

I read Tender Buttons Objects by Gertrude Stein and it is illustrated by Lisa Congdon. I heard Lisa Congdon speak about it on a podcast and was intrigued. I love her graphic interpretation of Stein's words. I found it was easiest to read out loud. You could feel the cadence of the words and just the luscious way Stein uses language. Plus it helped me focus on the words on the page and at a certain point it felt meditative. 

I'm going to share with you "Careless Water."

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No cup is broken in more places and mended, that is to say a plate is broken and mending does do that it shows that culture is Japanese. It shows the whole element of angels and orders. It does more to choosing and it does more to that ministering counting. It does, it does change in more water.

Supposing a single piece is a hair supposing more of them are orderly, does that show that strength, does that show that joint, does that show that balloon famously. Does it.
— Gertrude Stein

She's speaking of the Japanese custom of wabi sabi that mends a cup or plate with gold or something beautiful and treasures the broken parts. I think the illustration that Congdon paired with Careless Water shows that beautifully. 

Or as Leonard Cohen sang- there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in. 

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