Quotes enable us to breathe – Flusser

“Even reason forever lost its bottom. One could never rid oneself of the conviction-totally irrational, but appropriate for the times-that “actually” one should have perished in the gas ovens; that from this point on one is leading a “unforeseen” existence; that through emigration one is responsible for separating oneself from one’s home, to throw oneself into the yawning abyss of meaninglessness… From this point on one is consuming one’s own energy, not the energy that comes from the nurturing earth… A life in bottomlessness had begun”.

Vilém Flusser

Bodenlos(1992), pp.28

in Writings pp. xx Introduction, Edit by Andreas Ströhl

Quotes enable us to breathe – Busch

“There it was: a pale yellow modernist house, perched precariously on the edge of San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill. As the hill eroded, so did the foundations of the house. At first, chunks of rock fell, then pieces of the house”. […] “When a beautiful house falls apart this way, the image of loss is grand and public, and it stays lodged in the mind. It stayed lodged in my mind for another reason: I loved that house once. It was where I spent my first night when I moved to San Francisco in 1976”.

Akiko Busch

Geography of Home, writings on where we live – Preface pp.11

Quotes enable us to breathe – Caro

“What is a city? Well the city is many things. But, one of the things that a city is, is a home to its people. If you think of the great cities of history, Athens is glory. Rome is grandeur and power. Let-s say Paris is culture. What is New York? New York is a home. New York’s great gift was that people from all over the world could come here and create their own communities. Their own neighborhoods. So people felt a sense of community.  A sense of belonging. A sense of neighborhood. That’s really the basis of human endeavor. If people feel like they can belong, they can go on to do other things. Now all of a sudden, that was going to be harder for New York than ever before, because at this crucial moment in the cities history, the city looses it’s way. Where as before   neighborhoods were created, now neighborhoods are destroyed.”

Roberto Caro

Interviewed by Ric Burns for PBS, expert from “New York: A Documentary (1999), Episode 7, City and the world”