Thursday, December 24, 2009
Most treasured possession
Monday, December 14, 2009
Nobel lecture on handkerchiefs
“DO YOU HAVE A HANDKERCHIEF was the question my mother asked me every morning, standing by the gate to our house, before I went out onto the street. I didn't have a handkerchief. And because I didn't, I would go back inside and get one. I never had a handkerchief because I would always wait for her question. The handkerchief was proof that my mother was looking after me in the morning. For the rest of the day I was on my own. The question DO YOU HAVE A HANDKERCHIEF was an indirect display of affection. Anything more direct would have been embarrassing and not something the farmers practiced. Love disguised itself as a question. […] Every morning I went to the gate once without a handkerchief and a second time with a handkerchief. Only then would I go out onto the street, as if having the handkerchief meant having my mother there, too.”
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2009
Nobel Lecture, December 7, 2009
multum in parvo
"Like visual multum in parvo, linguistic multum in parvo is best shown in a display mode; hence its place upon home samplers has now been taken over by posters, cards, bumper stickers and T-shirts."
Stewart, Susan (1993), On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection, Duke University Press, Durham and London, p.53
Thursday, December 03, 2009
The German town Wuppertal has a long history of ribbon weaving. In the Bandwebermuseum, the museum of ribbon weavers, housed in a school and only open two hours a week during term time, old machinery has been rescued and restored by enthusiasts and can now be seen in operation. My friend Gisela found out about the museum through a friend who is a friend of founder Irmlind Pesch, and from her visit sent me some samples of ribbons woven from old patterns on the looms in the museum.
For more information, visit the museum at