Tannhäuser Overture

Cribs 2014.02.09 16:21

"I've decided the Wagner overture you included should come with a warning label. According to some quick online research, the opera deals with the struggle between sacred and profane love, which is arguably the only struggle there is.

The other day I was crossing the street, lost in my head about something, a not uncommon state of affairs. I was listening to the overture and as the music began to swell, I suddenly realized that I had hands and legs and a torso, and that I was surrounded by people and cars. 

It's hard to explain exactly what happened. But I felt in that moment that the divine, however we may choose to define such a thing, surely dwells as much in the concrete and taxicabs as it does in the rivers, lakes, and mountains.

Grace, I realized, is neither time nor place-dependent. All we need is the right soundtrack."

 - Letter to Zibby, Liberal Arts

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Food, creativity, and emotions

Cribs 2014.02.03 14:05

"Eating at an avant-garde restaurant gives you something like a creative emotion. It's not just about "Mmm, tastes good." You feel something. You think, "Killer!" Regardless of whether it tastes better or worse. This dish is based on an idea: A ravioli whose pasta vanishes.

[. . .]

As a new arrival you realize that there are a lot of myths. Many funny machines, science, etc. There are many misunderstandings. When one sees liquid nitrogen, it's strange.

[. . .]

For us the emotional element has always been more important. But for that you sometimes need a certain technology, and sometimes you don't."

 - Ferran Adrià

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1월을 보내고

Writings 2014.02.01 23:12

아직도 외출하면 그녀를 만나러 가는 착각에 빠진다. 내가 도착하면 그곳에 그녀가 기다리고 있을 것이다. 어쩌면 서둘러 날 보기 위해 이리로 올 테고, 우린 중간에서 만나 손을 꼭 붙잡고 다시 지하철에 오를 것이다. 이젠 애써 기억하려 해도 얼굴 생김새나 목소리가 또렷하지 않지만 내가 향한 장소에 미리 와있는 그녀가 안녕이란 말 대신 머리를 도리도리 흔들며 날 반길 때의, 심장이 멈추는 듯한, 느낌이 종종 든다. 아마도 그녀가 빼어난 미인이서도, 내가 한 사람을 잊지 못해서가 아니라 내 청춘의 추억이 너무나 아름다웠기 때문이리라.


내가 잘 가라 하기 전에 1월도 날 떠나갔다.

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