grand moof tarkin (moof) wrote,
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inside oneself, outside oneself

Last night, I finished reading LA Confidential by James Ellroy and just now, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. They're both very immersive, in that they're evocative of moods and ways of thinking. It gets to be sort of a tunnel vision; everything else gets blocked out, and looking at the everyday surroundings when I'm done - bedroom, clothes, things like that - seems very foreign, a jamais vu.

My favorite sorts of parties tend to evoke similar sorts of perception - it's no longer a mildly dingy warehouse space in the city, it's a small and intimate world of its own; it's not just a party at a friend's house, it's a gathering-together of spirits; it's not just hugging someone on the couch, it's a close togetherness. The richest times are when I notice the normal world and that smaller narrower world overlap, that both the spiritual and mundane are co-located and both can be seen and participated in at the same time.

Books (the inward path) and social happenings (the outward path) are my opposite ways that lead to spirituality and self.


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