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This ambition was in me before I could write. I grew up in a family of refugees speaking Russian, a language that, as my teachers and classmates took pains to remind me, did not belong to me. Over time, it became almost exclusively the language of abuse — only the more perverse of Russian writers Gogol, Bely, Kharms could break and rearrange it into new shapes that were at odds with spoken heard, rather language.
English, then, came as an escape, a secret code shared between me and no one — not even English speakers, at least not in the form it took through misheard lyrics, approximated words, and half-digested novels.
It was a language that could write me, and not the other way. And when I write in English, it comes as a transcription.
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Writing in English is a vanishing act—incidentally, the title of my next graphic novel first plug of two. The aim is to stage, within the privacy of my mind, an unprecedented orgy that will chafe off last vestiges of my own voice and render me anonymous.
My only wish was to disappear, to seep through the days inoffensively in search of a quiet spot where I could speak and not be heard.
Each summer I go in search of such a place no luck so faroften against my will and with a sense of dread — an obligation I must fill to live the words and anchor them against the fluff of vague romantic expectations. I relish the letdowns, ignore the sights, and usually plow through dreaming of home, which, in my life of endless rootlessness, is more of an unattainable dream-state than a place of present habitation.
From real trips or trips for which I have the evidence of boarding passesI bring back only slight inexplicable clusters of words that contain within them the entire placeness of the place, condensed and heavily encrypted.
All my friends are investment bankers. The woman on the phone would be justifiably surprised possibly alarmed to learn that her throwaway remark defined her city more than the Art Institute, the horrid weather, the cakes and the after-parties, all 20 endless afternoons at the residency; more even than even the empanadas, which were admittedly quite mediocre.
On Doing Nothing, the title of my talk and my eventual book on the artistic potential of idleness plug two of two.
Gare Montparnasse; a man, dead drunk at 9 a. Moscow, meanwhile, is blank. Nothing — not a blank. Occasionally, rarely — too rarely — the image comes without a word.
These drawings come fully formed and effortless, although their significance is clear only to me. These drawings are a private pleasure—not even the drawings themselves, but the process of their creation, the -ing of drawing, which is, unlike the tortured and protracted births of all my books, like an early morning dream: I know I cannot replicate them no matter how I try, and facing such impotence before my own creation gives me a bit of hope.The Foundation/Robot Series What is this Forward the Foundation I keep hearing about?
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The Byzantine Empire, also referred to as the Eastern Roman Empire and Byzantium, was the continuation of the Roman Empire in its eastern provinces during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, when its capital city was Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul, which had been founded as Byzantium).It survived the fragmentation and fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD and continued .
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