“You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all, just as an intelligence without the possibility of expression is not really an intelligence. Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it, we are nothing.”—Luis Buñuel
“To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.”—Mary Oliver, In Blackwater Woods
“She waited for the train to pass. Then she said, ‘I sometimes think that people’s hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what’s at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while.’”—Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
“Behind the corpse in the reservoir, behind the ghost on the links,
Behind the lady who dances and the man who madly drinks,
Under the look of fatigue, the attach of migraine and the sigh
There is always another story, there is more than meets the eye.”—
An electronic communications device to which is affixed a blob of protoplasm that looks suspiciously like a human being but is in fact a mindless android programmed to respond to constant electronic stimulation masquerading as communication, where every message, no matter how trivial, is treated as urgent, and therefore becomes necessary to receive immediately. One usually finds cellular phones and their android accessories in such locations as cars, shopping malls and movie theaters. The androids are distinguished from real human beings by their blindness to all sensory data around them except the cellular message. This inspires great confidence when you’re driving next to one talking on a cell phone at eighty miles per hour.