June 19, 2012

Slovenly Elephants & Crystalline Waters

«Is ganesh a word, asked the commanding officer, Yes, a word, which, like all the others, can only be explained by more words, but since the words we use to explain things, successfully or not, will, in turn, have to be explained, our conversation will lead nowhere, the mistaken and the true will alternate, like some kind of curse, and we’ll never know what’s right and what’s wrong.»—José Saramago

More from a Balkan State of Mind I.


  1. Sheila Ryan on June 19th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    “Is ganesh a word?”

  2. Derek White on June 19th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Saramago is funny that way.

  3. Rick Neece on June 20th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Crystalline Waters is John’s older holiness (one-step-away-from-snake-handlers), holier-than-thou sister, ferried into p-town for nuptials and vittles. She’s quoted, “You know the gays know event planning and snacks. You be a fool not to show up. Never beg an invitation, but never turn one down.”

    You know I haven’t (yet) really read your post Derek (though usually I do before offering comment). Just transcribing a voice in my head.

  4. Sheila Ryan on June 20th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Crystalline knows what’s what.

  5. Derek White on June 20th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    To quote Saramago: «If we were to write, for example the words crystalline steam, so often used in describing landscapes, we never stop to wonder if the stream is still as crystalline as it was when we saw it for the first time, or if it has ceased to be a stream and become instead a rushing river, or, unhappy fate, the foulest and most malodorous of swamps.»

    Just posted more, from Bosnia, including goats: http://www.5cense.com/12/Bosnia.htm

  6. Sheila Ryan on June 21st, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Bosnian goats — and a Bosnian turkey! That’s just about as good as it gets.

  7. Derek White on June 21st, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Besides maybe a Turkish Turkey.