TAKEAWAYS from “I Have No Choice but to Keep Looking” [NYT]


Yasin Arıbuğa

Another long form. Reading it twice didn’t make it a lot less painful. By JENNIFER PERCY (AUG. 2, 2016).

  • “He put his hands on his hips and squinted at the water. There was nothing. We went to another spot where the seafloor was sparkled with bathroom tiles popular 40 years ago, light blue and dark blue. Plates, bowls and a microwave. On one of his dives, he saw a clock stopped forever at the hour of the tsunami.”

 

  • “I asked him if the song brought back memories of Yuko. “It does not bring back memories,” he said. “Because it is not something that I forget.””

 

  • “We often think of searching as a kind of movement, a forward motion through time, but maybe it can also be the opposite, a suspension of time and memory. Heidegger wrote of a metaphoric pain, calling it the “joining of the rift.” It’s this rift, he said, that holds together things that have been torn apart, to perhaps create a new space where joy and sadness can find communion. This is the space I believed Takamatsu found beneath the sea, where he could feel close to his wife, in the rift between “missing” and “deceased.””

 

  • “The search for love, the search — his, hers, everyone’s — is not for a needle in a haystack, nor a fish in the sea. It’s for a specific person on earth. The world never looks as big as when someone is lost.”

 

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