Empty Days

Saturday, May 29, 2004



The role of luck in human life is a subject I am not fit to tackle - too scary and too fine to grasp for my grubby fingers. Poetry is the best tool but it never says anything directly and doesn't even come close - yet somehow it is still in the range of those tenuous things while everything else is not and could never be.

I am more convinced than ever that direct thought is useless. I mean logos. Not even close.

And I spent my life running after words and listening to words - like a stupid dummy. No use trying to say it.

The most pathetic sight is that of an artist standing next to his work posing as explainer of emptiness, commentator to a fait-accompli - very much like a hockey player being interviewed after the game on how he scored a goal - it is pathetic because goals are not scored with words and need no words indeed.

Having said which I remain yours truly,




I guess I hit the wall and saw stars.

This closely ressembles what I went through a rather long while ago when in similar dire straits: grappling in the dark for something to hold on to, to stand on, a patch of solid ground in a sea of blandness. Back then a most tenuous star appeared and it was enough to drive me into a monumental effort that lasted a couple of years - career-change, practically a new identity, financial wonders, high-pitch living, the whole of which eventually resulted in a resounding fiasco, the one that knocked me flat out - K.O. bonjour, how'are'you, dead.

The tenuosity of stars is all there is and nothing else.

Rather not speculate this time. Heh.




I hope I won't show up here very often from now on as it's been a notorious and necessary waste of time - when time had to be so wasted.




B. Seymour Rabinovitch, BSc'39, PhD'42, Professor Emeritus in Chemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle, had a new graduate student Common Room named in his honour at a dedication ceremony in Seattle in April. In May, he attended the launch of his new book, Contemporary Silver, which took place at a reception at the Canadian High Commission in London, England. He also became one of 50 honorees from around the world when he was inducted at Goldsmith's Hall, London, as an Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, the 700-year-old guild that supervises the silversmithing craft and runs the Assay Office in London.





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