Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Night train to Lisbon - Words, words, words

When I read a newspaper, listen to the radio or overhear what people are saying in the café, I often feel aversion, even disgust at the same words written and spoken over and over - at the same expressions, phrases, and metaphors repeated. And the worst is, when I hear myself and have to admit that I too repeat the eternally same things. They're so horribly frayed and threadbare, these words, worn out by being used millions of times. Do they still have any meaning? Naturally, the exchange of words functions, people act on them, they laugh and cry, they go left or right, the waiter brings coffee or tea. But that's not what I want to ask. The question is: Are they still an expression of thoughts? Or only effective sounds that drive people here and there because the worn grooves of babble incessantly flash?
Pascal Mercier

1 comment:

marina said...

lol ainda há uns tempos tive a namorar esse livro na amazon. mas teve de ficar para uma próxima... para um ano em que até vá ter tempo para o ler :P