18 June 2006

More Quotes from Cloud Atlas

* The present presses the virtual past into its own service, to lend credence to its mythologies + legitimacy to the imposition of will. Power seeks + is the right to 'landscape' the virtual past. (He who pays the historian calls the tune.)

(Mitchell, p. 408-9)

* Q: Is there a meaningful distinction between one simulacrum of smoke, mirrors + shadows - the actual past - from another such simulacrum - the actual future?


* One model of time: an infinite matrioshka doll of painted moments, each 'shell' (the present) encased inside a nest of 'shells' (previous presents) I call the actual past but which we perceive as the virtual past. The doll of 'now' likewise encases a nest of presents yet to be, which call the actual future but which we perceive as the acutal future.

(Mitchell, p. 408-9)

The detonator is triggered. The C-4 ignites. The jet is engulfed by a fireball. The jet's metals, plastics, circuitry, its passengers, their bones, clothes, notebooks and brains all lose definition in flames exceeding 1200ºC. The uncreated and the dead exist solely in our actual and virtual pasts. Now the bifurcation of these two pasts will begin.

(Mitchell. p. 409)



Coming back someday, come what may to Blue Bayou... (Linda Rondstadt)



Rrrr, all this is so chilling!!! I don't know why. The relevance to chilling events, recent, past, and near future. I'm kind of creating a novel-by-default with this blog. An unrolling of actual events, even if they come from quotes.



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