Long for Quiet [No Shelter Here]

The older I get, the more I appreciate silence.

” Mia: Don’t you hate that?
Vincent: What?
Mia: Uncomfortable silences. Why do we feel it’s necessary to yak about bullshit in order to be comfortable?
Vincent:I don’t know. That’s a good question.
Mia: That’s when you know you’ve found somebody special. When you can just shut the fuck up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence.”

Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction
Mia Wallace says, “shhhhh…”

And the less I seem to get throughout a day.

Walls of Sound

“Headphones are the new wall,”…(http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/20/science/when-buzz-at-your-cubicle-is-too-loud-for-work.html?_r=1)

Sound is a form of barrier or threshold. In the new age, it will represent a doorway to invention and interaction as well as a membrane meant to be crossed only with purpose and/or meaning.

A Laocoon

Plan a getaway with your ears. A mini sensory-vacation. But always be aware. Big Brother listens is much as he watches.

German Audio Police
Ze German Audio Police circa post WWI…

And finally, from the venerable Mr. Hitchcock…

” Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.”

“La Rotunda del Mar” (“The Rotunda of the Sea”) by Alejandro Colunga, 1997

4 thoughts on “Long for Quiet [No Shelter Here]

  1. It’s true, “headphones are the new wall”. I wonder sometimes how many missed connections I’ve had with others just because I wall myself off with headphones and nose stuck in a book when riding the metro.

    1. And sometimes, that might be for the best. For some reason, on trains especially, I am always fascinated by the isolationism present. It is interesting to remain in one’s own quiet place around so many others. I once imagined living on a glass cube on a train. No visual privacy…ever…and yet, no one can hear me, and I could not hear them…

      Like a little performance haiku. Maybe doing it for 3 months wouldn’t be so bad?

  2. Headphones are definitely the new wall. Back when I faced a terrible depression, I couldn’t bear going anywhere without them. I had to be listening to music, or at least pretend to so that the world wouldn’t bother me.

    1. Yes. I think there is much truth to many of Frank Herbert’s conjectures regarding addiction and the human relationship with substance in Dune. Eventually, there may be a substance that allows for the unfolding of our complete consciousness like spice, but until then, we already have semuta…

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