Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Collage 673

In this scene, the Russian soldiers are making camp. It is 18 degrees and frosty. Tolstoy notes that they are without warm boots, without winter coats, without a roof over their heads, without even a full ration of provisions -- and yet...

never, in the very best material conditions, did an army present a more cheerful, lively spectacle. That came from the fact that each day all those who began to lose heart or strength were thrown out of the army.

That is just like Pierre who was never happier than when he was a prisoner of war. Is Tolstoy giving us a lesson here, in how to be happy?

We got a lot of mileage out of the fly paper that Lynn and Lucy picked up in NYC. It appears in many collages around this time period. In many ways this project is archaeological in the sense that there are many layers, each representing a specific time. Although often times our favorite materials re-emerge at a later time.

Last night I was packing up materials for our New School workshops and waxed nostalgic about what we call "tiny music" (books of classical sheet music) which Lucy found in her town dump. One person's junk is another's treasure, that's for sure. -- Lola

Lola Baltzell
from page 601-602, volume 2 of original text
made 10/21/11
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 1091-1093

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