About Nothing And Everything
It isn’t easy to write about eye-related topics. I have a book about a blind man who circumnavigated the world, but will you really read about it? You’d rather watch a raccoon video. But I don’t blame you, dear friends, because it takes one to know one.
A friend asked today, “Did you read the article about Leonard Cohen by David Remnick?” “I read it right after it came out,” I said, “but not the whole thing.”
“I also stopped after the 500th page,” he said. “The problem with Remnick is that he doesn’t know how to stop. He just writes and writes and writes and writes.
It reminds me a cartoon about a magician in the circus. He was pulling some kind of string out of a hat and it produced an entire mountain. He had a panicked look on his face and the caption said, “Oh my god, I forgot how the trick ends!”
I am afraid that any magazine article over 2 pages is fatally boring. It’s simply a dying format. Exceptions can be counted on the fingers of one fingerless hand.
Another friend tried to convince me that I need to read Twitter, but I said, “I don’t have time to read even a hundredth of articles, and it’s still not enough.” Then he says, “What Twitter is good for is…”, but I already forgot what that was.
Trump somehow loves Twitter, but it seems to me that the genre would be more fitting for the unsurpassed masters of the aphorism, Karl Kraus or Jerzy Lec, or in extreme cases La Rouchefoucauld and Lichtenberg . Although from the standpoint of “so that we can see everyone else’s stupidity”, Twitter is priceless. And for eyewitness, on-the-scene accounts, of course.
But let’s get back to eyes. Nothing can compare to the vibrant beauty of the January sun in Los Angeles. Every time I crawl out of the house in order to drink it in, I give thanks to the evolution that gave rise to such a fantastic invention – the vision.
They say that it’s purely an adaptational system, and that in fact there’s no such thing as beauty, only wavelengths and irregularities in energy. The whole picture is supposedly a web of nerves. This theory lends itself to the Matrix, but thanks to the unfathomable blue skies and sparkling colors – especially in January – it does not take away from it.
It’s unfortunate that Leonard is no longer with us, but he promised that he would be heard even after his departure, and it is so…
I came so far for beauty
I left so much behind
My left eye, to which Benjamin Eye Institute is attached, sees such unprecedented beauty at a distance now…
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