The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

Under Lock and Dream

I left him to his envy. A colleague’s envy, when all is said and done, is the scholar’s one reward on earth. I didn’t tell him that in all likelihood I wouldn’t be publishing anything. My nature is to spend years amassing the material for a great work and, when everything is at last ready, I lock it in a desk drawer and start something new.

–Antal Szerb. The Pendragon Legend.

Cukur Cuma Caddesi, antiques, Istanbul

7 comments on “Under Lock and Dream

  1. suej
    April 9, 2013

    Love the image, you’ve got a slightly dreamy, mystical sense to it which rather goes with the ‘Pendragon Legend’ (well, I think so!)…

    • Thanks so much! This is from in an antiques district in Istanbul. So much to see.
      I’ve been having an Antal Szerb phase and enjoying the dreams and nostalgia. 🙂

      • suej
        April 10, 2013

        Ah, I had a phase of finding European literature a while ago and came across Szerb then….loved Journey by Moonlight.

      • I have given away so many copies of Journey by Moonlight! I think it’s a beautiful book, and really hilarious. This wasn’t always the reception from others, so I re-read it about a month ago to check. Yep, still awesome! I think it’s in my top 5 favorite books. 🙂 I think even as optimistic as I am, I like books that others seem to think are bleak!

      • suej
        April 10, 2013

        You and me both! By the yay, have you read ‘The Garden of the Finzi Continis’ by Giorgio Bassani? a bit Italian Grand Meaulnes….

      • I haven’t, but I will gladly take your suggestion and look it up!

  2. acharif
    April 18, 2013

    Brilliant, i love the photos you use with the articles…

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