But to steal the words from Humbert, the poet/criminal of Lolita, I need you the reader, to imagine us, for we won't really exist if you don't. Against the tyranny of time and politics, imagine us the way we sometimes didn't dare to imagine ourselves: in our most private and secret moments, in the most extraordinarily ordinary instances of life, listening to music, falling in love, walking down the shady streets or reading Lolita in Tehran. And then imagine us again with all this confiscated, driven underground, taken away from us. - Reading Lolita in Tehran
She reminded me of a warning I was fond of repeating: do not, under any circumstances belittle a work of fiction by trying to turn it into a carbon copy of real life; what we search for in fiction is not so much reality but the epiphany of truth. - Reading Lolita in Tehran
SIMPLICITY by Emily Dickinson
How happy is the little stone
That rambles in the road alone,
And does n't care about careers,
And exigencies never fears;
Whose coat of elemental brown
A passing universe put on;
And independent as the sun,
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute decree
In casual simplicity.
God, I am ashamed that for these past few days I have only been looking after
myself, praying for only me and my problems.
on this day I ask that you bless the people who have been so affected by the
typhoon Yolanda, especially for the people in Tacloban. May you bring comfort
and peace in their hearts; I pray for those who are still looking for their
family that they may be found alive and if not may their bodies be found.
Because you are the bread of life and you have promised that whoever believes
in you will never be hungry or thirsty i pray for food on the table for every
family affected by the typhoon.
For those who have been orphaned and lost their
Father and Mother, I pray that you be their Father and I ask also for the
blessed mother of God that she may be their mother in these times of need, for
the Holy Family to look down on us with compassion. We are your people Lord; do
not let us perish in distress. Give us hope for always. We are the happiest
people on earth I know. Do not take away the reason for our smiles. Have mercy
on us Lord. Thank you.