They Said




She said:We’re all actors on multiple stages—sometimes we
get to choose how to play it, sometimes we are dragged into
stories we would do anything to avoid. It’s transparent, this
play, but it’s also of the greatest importance to us because it’s
our story. Beyond boundaries, our individual dramas intersect
to become culture.

He said: This is how hunters caught salmon with a bow and
arrow. When the arrow went into the prey, then the arrowhead
would detach, being held in by the barbs, and held to the shaft
by a small cable. The loop lay over the arm of the hunter, so
the arrow was never lost.

Canetti said something about beauty. It had to be lost for a
long time before it could be brought back.

Mary Hull Webster, 2011