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Urban congestion as psychedelic anesthesia

January 9, 2011

January 4, 2011

Happy New Year. It’s belatedly looking a lot like Christmas – a lot of snow has fallen today making the drive out here from Picton this morning slow and interesting.

Eric’s only come in this afternoon – he’s not been feeling well. His health has always been fragile – at a very young age he was confined to his bed for quite a long time, and over the years has had serious health problems, mostly as a consequence of diabetes.

One time, many years ago now, he was hospitalized, and it is amazing that he pulled through. I will never forget being at his hospital bedside while a priest read his last rites.

Last year, while traveling with him in Poland, he had a close call one morning in Krakov. He came to find me having a morning cigarette outside the hotel, to tell me he’d taken the wrong insulin. Disaster was narrowly averted (thanks to the hotel restaurant’s ready supply of orange juice fortified with sugar packets, and our guide Fr. Jacek who helped me get him through the hospital after, to make sure).

The preceeding words are to illustrate yet more reasons I feel lucky to be able to work here in the scriptorium with my father.

Today I’ve finished cataloging Marshall’s Pound collection and am moving on to T. S. Eliot.

The Canetti Book, ‘Crowds and Power’, shown here, is a good example of the kind of thing I am lucky enough to see every day. Inside the cover, where he signs his name, Marshall writes “urban congestion as psychedelic anesthesia”. Often times, Marshall’s notations are just page references, or grabbed quotes. On occasion though, you find a little gem like this.

"urban congestion as psychedelic anesthesia"

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ange permalink
    January 25, 2011 9:50 am

    Hey Andrew, I didn’t realize you had a blog. I’ll keep reading! Very interesting stuff. 🙂

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