Sunday, March 9, 2008

Memoiry, coincidence, and synchronization

"Why, for all of us, out of all we have heard, seen, felt, in a lifetime, do certain images recur, charged with emotion, rather than others? Such memories may have symbolic value, but of what we cannot tell, for they come to represent the depths of feeling into which we cannot peer.

"Is the coincidence merely a coincidence? Or has the coincidence been arranged? Elements of this supernatural innuendo emerge repeatedly in Nabokov's Speak, Memory . General Kuropatkin is showing the young Nabokov tricks with matches on a sofa, when he is summoned away: "the loose matches jumping up on the divan as his weight left it." Fifteen years later, the disguised, fugitive general asks Nabokov's father for a light... Nabokov says the true purpose of autobiography is "the following of such thematic designs through one's life"."

From a Guardian article Meghan sent me a couple months ago.

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