We Die to Each Other Daily

An extract from The Cocktail Party by T.S. Eliot:

“We die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them. And they have changed since then. To pretend that they and we are the same is a useful and convenient social convention which must sometimes be broken. We must also remember that at every meeting we are meeting a stranger.”

 


Lost Things

By Lydia Davis

They are lost, but also not lost but somewhere in the world. Most of them are small, though two are larger, one a coat and one a dog. Of the small things, one is a certain ring, one a certain button. They are lost from me and where I am, but they are also not gone. They are somewhere else, and they are there to someone else, it may be. But if not there to someone else, the ring is, still, not lost to itself, but there, only not where I am, and the button, too, there, still, only not where I am.

A La Recherche Du Shoe Perdu (The Search for the Lost Shoe). Andy Warhol, caption by Ralph Pomeroy. 1955.

A La Recherche Du Shoe Perdu (The Search for the Lost Shoe). Andy Warhol, caption by Ralph Pomeroy. 1955.