the process is the artwork

The face forgives the mirror, the worm forgives the plow

“The memory of that event has only just come back to me, now doubly painful: regret for a vanished past and, above all, remorse for lost opportunities (…) the women we were unable to love, the chances we failed to seize, the moments of happiness we allowed to drift away. Today it seems to me that my whole life was nothing but a string of those small near misses: a race whose result we know beforehand but in which we fail to bet on the winner.”

– From “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Twice in two days I’ve watched julian Schnabel’s film adaptation of «The Diving Bell and The Butterfly», which has now become one of my favourite movies, one to watch before you die and one I hope to enjoy multiple times before I die. It features Tom Waits’ song «All the World is Green» which, well, speaks for itself.

Tom Waits wrote this song for Robert Wilson’s interpretation of the famous stage play Woyzeck by Georg Büchner; «The cut worm forgives the plow» is a William Blake quote.

PS: Sorry for the image of the ladybug on the green leaves in the youtube-video below. It makes it too cute for my taste. If I find another one without disturbing silly (in my not-so-humble opinion) romantic illustrations of this sort, I’ll change the link immediately. In the meantime, enjoy the music.

2 responses

  1. Thank you for posting. I was looking for the origin of the lyric “the face forgives the mirror, the worm forgives the plow”.

    January 13, 2015 at 3:38 am

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