Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Vapor Veil





"Conquering the addiction had been an action on the philosophic level, as well as every other. It involved taking hold of the way I imagined time. Instead of picturing the days stretching endlessly ahead, intolerably cigaretteless, I managed to train part of my mind into being in the here and now, where I could make the repeated decision not to smoke.

But I was barely succeeding. I followed people who were smoking in the street to gulp their slipstreams. In caf├ęs and trains I was a keen passive smoker. I was obsessed with having cigarettes in my pocket to finger, so for months I carried a full pack in my pocket, replacing it with another when it became battered and began to leak tobacco."






Words:
Nuala O'Faolain (link leads to her searingly honest final interview recorded days prior to her death)

Smoke Art:
Graham Jeffery

2 comments:

Radge said...

I welcome the prolific posting, distracting me nicely from the drudge...

Green Of Eye, Sharp Of Claw said...

@Radge:
Glad it's working for you.
The occurrence of semi regular posting is 30% guilt re neglecting my wee patch of web and 70% distraction from real life ;)

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