Night gnome: photo by Alex Holden, 31 July 2012
Even the old emotions are finished,
we have worn them out.
And desire is dead.
And the end of all things is inside us.
Our epoch is over,
a cycle of evolution is finished,
our activity has lost its meaning,
we are ghosts, we are seed;
for our word is dead
and we know not how to live wordless.
We live in a vast house
full of inordinate activities,
and the noise, and the stench, and the dreariness and lack of meaning
madden us, but we don't know what to do.
All we can know at this moment
is the fulfilment of nothingness.
Lo, I am nothing!
It is a consummation devoutly to be wished
in this world of mechanical self-assertion.
D. H. Lawrence: Dies Irae, from Pansies, 1929
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announces the launch of a new supercharged version of his social networking product, Facebook Home -- the 'best version of Facebook there is': photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP, 4 April 2013 (via the Guardian)
Ghost: photo by Alex Holden, 4 August 2012