Whatever story we tell

Only the rereading counts, Nabokov said… For we live with those retrievals from childhood that coalesce and echo throughout our lives, the way shattered pieces of glass in a kaleidoscope reappear in new forms and are songlike in their refrains and rhymes, making up a single monologue.  We live permanently in the recurrence of our own stories, whatever story we tell.

– Michael Ondaatje, Divisadero

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One Comment

  1. Posted June 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    So much wisdom, said so beautifully. This is one of the central themes of my writing; the how’s and why’s of all the ways our pasts influence our lives. Thank you for sharing.