“My being subsists only from a supreme point of view which is precisely incompatible with my point of view. The perspective in which I fade away for my eyes restores me as a complete image for the unreal eye to which I deny all images. A complete image with reference to a world devoid of image which imagines me in the absence of any imaginable figure. The being of a nonbeing of which I am the infinitely small negation which it instigates as its profound harmony. In the night shall I become the universe?” — Maurice Blanchot, Thomas the Obscure


“We are increasingly fluent in images with no handhold, images freighted with all the orphanhood in the world, fragments, fragments.” — Roberto Bolaño, 2666


“It is true of Surrealist images as it of opium images that man does not evoke them; rather they come to him spontaneously, despotically. He cannot chase them away; for the will is powerless now and no longer controls the faculties.” — André Breton, First Surrealist Manifesto


“'But I never looked like that!’ - How do you know? What is the ‘you’ you might or might not look like? Where do you find it - by which morphological or expressive calibration? Where is your authentic body? You are the only one who can never see yourself except as an image; you never see your eyes unless they are dulled by the gaze they rest upon the mirror or the lens (I am interested in seeing my eyes only when they look at you): even and especially for your own body, you are condemned to the repertoire of its images.” — Roland Barthes, Roland Barthes By Roland Barthes


“I will not be just a tourist in a world of images.” — 

Anais Nin

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