personal restrictions limit to a single question; though, it's difficult choosing but one. have you kept any remnants from your childhood? (unbound by physical matter)
- Ah, but memories ! A distinct portion of cortical real estate devoted to but a handful of the following:
the aroma of my mother’s cooking (saffron, pepper, garlic); biting the edge of a knife to ascertain its taste; being told to give other children a chance; capturing tadpoles in a homemade net; discovering that my remarkable susceptibility to physical bruises was a small price to pay for my seeming indemnity to internal ones; memorising with great care the map supplements in copies of National Geographic;, getting lost in the Hampton Court maze; hiding a dead rat in my bag so that I could take it home and dissect it later (this plan was thwarted); being repeatedly told ‘no’ (but doing it anyway); hearing my first piano sonata (Schubert, no. 2); constructing internal worlds as is the habit of a child accustomed to desiring solitude.
Wolfgang Suschitzky, Thames, London (1952)
Staircase of the Uffizi, Firenze
Sergei Parajanov’s Sayat Nova (The Colour of Pomegranates) (1968)