On Defamiliarization

ON DEFAMILIARIZATION

  • “To portray ordinary objects as they will be reflected in the kindly mirrors of future times; to find in the objects around us the fragrant tenderness that only posterity will discern and appreciate in the far-off times when every trifle of our plain everyday life will become exquisite and festive in its own right: the times when a man who might put on the most ordinary jacket of today will be dressed up for an elegant masquerade.”  ~  Vladimir Nabokov, A Guide to Berlin
  • “Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.”  ~  Haruki Murakami

 

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