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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, May 27, 2007
    It's the way people look and laugh
     
    It's not catastrophes, murders, deaths, diseases, that age and kill us; it's the way people look and laugh, and run up the steps of omnibuses.
    - Virginia Woolf, quoted in Queuing for Beginners. Her intuitive way of describing what Siegfried Kracauer spells out:
    We must rid ourselves of the delusion that it is major events which most determine a person. He is more deeply and lastingly influenced by the tiny catastrophes of which everyday existence is made up.
    From all this I'd assume it's also true to say, in modern parlance, that
    It's not successes, romances, births, healings, that give us youthfulness and life; it's the way people look and laugh, and stand in the queue for taxis.
    Each of these quotes, of course, justifies a deepening investigation of the details of mundane everyday human exchange.