The love of words in any language.

“There must be a Russian word to describe what has happened
between us, like ostyt, which can be used
for a cup of tea that is too hot, but after you walk to the next room,
and return, it is too cool; or perekhotet,
which is to want something so much over months
and even years that when you get it, you have lost
the desire. ” – Barbara Hamby

Maybe it’s because I’m a Russian-Latvian that I find this beautiful. I love the Russian soul. It’s part of my blood; my history. It’s in my DNA. I have always had a love for words. I love Woolf, Greene, Austen, Eliot, Plath, du Maurier, Brooke, Flaubert, the Brontë sisters. So many.

But then there are the words written down by Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Turgenev, Chekhov, Bulgakov, Pushkin, Pasternak, Akhmatova. A man once told me that Tolstoy was the mind of the Russian people. Dostoyevsky, the soul. I almost fell in love with him then and there. Almost.

We can also look at the compositions that came out of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Scriabin. Music felt in the chest. Resonating. We fear our hearts will explode. We cry to relieve emotions suddenly resurrected; uninvited.

And maybe it’s just the simple fact that I love the idea… the tepidness that comes from waiting.

 

 

 

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George Hurrell – What inspires me at the moment.

Greta Garbo

Norma Shearer

Dorothy Jordan. 1930

Loretta Young & Tyrone Power

Greta Garbo

Madge Evans. 1932

Anita Page. 1932

When You Wake Up You Will Find Me.

The Horrors – Still Life * Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers

Kings of Leon – Revelry * Robots In Disguise – Turn It Up

Beautiful Small Machines – Counting Back To 1 * The XX – Islands

The Temper Trap – Lost Love * Stars – Your Ex-Lover Is Dead

For Life Is Like A Flame

Kings Of Leon – CloserLykke Li – Love Out of Lust

Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight

Daft Punk – Something About UsAdele – Someone Like You

Florence + The Machine – Cosmic LoveThe Knife – Heartbeats

Miranda Lee Richards – Early NovemberOK Go – End Love