Letters of Life

Time Suspended

Something that I saw back when . . .

Part of an exhibition by Hilton McConnico in collaboration with Hermès.

Part of a 2012 exhibition by Hilton McConnico in collaboration with Hermès.

Look closely at the time.  It’s somewhere between eleven and twelve o’clock, but such a placement of hands never was seen on an ordinary watch.

This fantasy hour is created by the artist who had the glass removed and twirled the hands.  You could say it’s virtual time; unrealistic, pure fantasy.

I’ve always wanted to go back, move forward, hang on to the ever-changing moment.

What we, or at any rate what I, refer to confidently as memory—meaning a moment, a scene, a fact that has been subjected to a fixative and thereby rescued from oblivion—is really a form of storytelling . . . Too many conflicting emotional interests are involved for life ever to be wholly acceptable, and possibly it is the work of the storyteller to rearrange things so that they conform to this end. In any case, in talking about the past we lie with every breath we draw.                                   William Maxwell, So Long, See You Tomorrow (1980)

We make it up. And yet, and yet. It feels as if there’s something to it.

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7 Responses »

  1. http://www.amazon.com/So-Long-See-You-Tomorrow/dp/0679767207/ref=sr_1_1?ie=U TF8 &qid=1376108216&sr=8-1&keywords=So+Long%2C+See+You+Tomorrow

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  2. “You can’t repeat the past.”
    “Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!”

  3. Yes – to a certain extent on time, whether it can be arrested and repeated but that is no matter, the future may be receding before us (as FitzGerald wrote) and we are borne back into the past. Anyway, happy running 🙂

  4. I love that idea. Love it!

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