Literary Birthday: Penelope Fitzgerald, born 17 December 1916, died 28 April 2000

Five Quotes

1.  A good book is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life, and as such it must surely be a necessary commodity.

2.  I believe that people should write biographies only about people they love, or understand, or both. Novels, on the other hand, are often better if they’re about people the writer doesn’t like very much.

3.  The body, then, has a mind of its own. It must follow, then, that the Mind has a body of its own, even if it’s like nothing that we can see around us, or have ever seen.

4.  It’s very good for an idea to be commonplace. The important thing is that a new idea should develop out of what is already there so that it soon becomes an old acquaintance. Old acquaintances aren’t by any means always welcome, but at least one can’t be mistaken as to who or what they are. 

5.  Duty is what no-one else will do at the moment.

Fitzgerald was a Booker Prize-winning English novelist, poet, essayist and biographer. She won the Booker for Offshore.

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Redgreen and Violet-Yellow Rhythms, 1920

Paul Klee (1879–1940)

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"We live in the flicker — may it last as long as the old earth keeps rolling! But darkness was here yesterday."

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

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"Pomegranate" Garnet, Bronze and Silver Ring by Sergey Zhiboedov

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"It is a cruel, ironical art, photography. The dragging of captured moments into the future; moments that should have been allowed to evaporate into the past; should exist only in memories, glimpsed through the fog of events that came after. Photographs force us to see people before their future weighed them down…"

Kate Morton

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Sarah Vaughan - Every Time We Say Goodbye 

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Quantum physics is a branch of science that deals with discrete, indivisible units of energy called quanta as described by the Quantum Theory. There are five main ideas represented in Quantum Theory:

  1. Energy is not continuous, but comes in small but discrete units. 
  2. The elementary particles behave both like particles and like waves. 
  3. The movement of these particles is inherently random. 
  4. It is physically impossible to know both the position and the momentum of a particle at the same time. The more precisely one is known, the less precise the measurement of the other is.
  5. The atomic world is nothing like the world we live in. 

While at a glance this may seem like just another strange theory, it contains many clues as to the fundamental nature of the universe and is more important then even relativity in the grand scheme of things (if any one thing at that level could be said to be more important then anything else). Furthermore, it describes the nature of the universe as being much different then the world we see. As Niels Bohr said, “Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.

So sometimes a particle acts like a particle and other times it acts like a wave. So which is it? According to Niels Bohr, who worked in Copenhagen when he presented what is now known as the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum theory, the particle is what you measure it to be. When it looks like a particle, it is a particle. When it looks like a wave, it is a wave. Furthermore, it is meaningless to ascribe any properties or even existence to anything that has not been measured. Bohr is basically saying that nothing is real unless it is observed.

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"I said to the sun, ‘Tell me about the big bang.’ The sun said, ‘it hurts to become.’"
Andrea Gibson

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Vilhelm Wohlert & Jørgen Bo - Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark 1958 (with additions in 1976, 1982, 1992, 1998, and 2006)
Photos: Jens Frederiksen
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Photos: Jens Frederiksen
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Photos: Jens Frederiksen
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Photos: Jens Frederiksen
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Photos: Jens Frederiksen
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Vilhelm Wohlert & Jørgen Bo - Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark 1958 (with additions in 1976, 1982, 1992, 1998, and 2006)

Photos: Jens Frederiksen

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Literary Birthday, Noël Coward, born 16 December 1899, died 26 March 1973

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