June 1st, 2013


rage against the dying of the light

The French called this time of day l'heure bleue. To the English it was the gloaming. The very word 'gloaming' reverberates, echoes - the gloaming, the glimmer, the glitter, the glisten, the glamour - carrying in its consonants the images of houses shuttering, gardens darkening, grass-lined rivers slipping through the shadows. During the blue nights you think the end of the day will never come. As the blue nights draw to a close (and they will, and they do) you experience an actual chill, an apprehension of illness, at the moment you first notice; the blue light is going, the days are already shortening, the summer is gone. [...] Blue nights are the opposite of the dying of the brightness, but they are also its warning.
Joan Didion, Blue Nights

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