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Transcript of Cities
one of laughter, one of anquish, cutting
the other assunder.
~ Virginia Woolf I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in. Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
Perhaps, with Paris, the only city in France where I feel something worth while can happen to me, where certain eyes burn all too brightly for their own sake…where for me the rhythm of life is not the same as elsewhere, where certain beings still nourish a spirit of supreme adventure.
~Andre Breton My point of departure will be the Hôtel des Grands Hommes. Beauty is like a train that ceaselessly roars out of the Gare de Lyon and which I know will never leave, which has not left. Beauty will be convulsive or will not be at all.
St. Petersburg, the most theoretical and intentional city on the entire globe.
~Fyodor Dostoyevsky I got to the point of feeling a sort of secret abnormal, despicable enjoyment in returning home to my corner on some disgusting Petersburg night, acutely conscious that that day I had committed a loathsome action again, that what was done could never be undone.
~Fyodor Dostoyevsky I used to live in this corner before, but now I’ve settled down in it. My room is nasty, squalid, on the outskirts of town. I’m told that the Petersburg climate is becoming bad for my health, and that it’s very expensive to live in Petersburg with my meager resources. I know all that; I know it better than all those wise and experienced advisers and admonishers. But I shall remain in Petersburg; I shall not leave Petersburg, I shall not leave here because… Oh! what difference does it really make whether I leave Petersburg or not? The cup of life was poisoned forever, and although the sun shone upon me, as upon the happy and gay of heart, I saw around me nothing but a dense and frightful darkness, penetrated by no light but the glimmer of two eyes that glared upon me.
~Mary Shelley Immense and rugged mountains of ice often barred up my passage, and I often heard the thunder of the ground sea, which threatened my destruction.
~Mary Shelley The sun might shine or the clouds might lower, but nothing could appear to me as it had done the day before. The wind, which had fallen in the south, now rose with great violence in the west.
~Mary Shelley I had been calm during the day, but so soon as night obscured the shapes of objects, a thousand fears arose in my mind. My pulse beat with a feverish joy when I reflected that I should soon see Geneva.
~Mary Shelley The abrupt sides of vast mountains were before me; the icy wall of the glacier overhung me; a few shattered pines were scattered around; and the solemn silence of this glorious presence-chamber of imperial nature was broken only by the brawling waves or the fall of some vast fragment. by Ellis Beier Ingolstadt OxBridge Oxbridge is an invention