I love the way Christoper talks about both stars and water in this book/play. It's with such logic and poetry simultaneously. Which is something I feel all the time when I hear people who are not "artists" talk about something they are passionate about or fascinated by.
*Side note, I'm so tired and was totally inspired by Marika's last post to reference a text I've been thinking about a lot during this residency. I was thinking about the Mars series, Enders Game, or Ring World (that one is super obscure), but settled on this.
“And when the universe has finished exploding all the stars will slow down, like a ball that has been thrown into the air, and they will come to a halt and they will all begin to fall towards the centre of the universe again. And then there will be nothing to stop us seeing all the stars in the world because they will all be moving towards us, gradually faster and faster, and we will know that the world is going to end soon because when we look up into the sky at night there will be no darkness, just the blazing light of billions and billions of stars, all falling.”
―Mark Haddon,The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
“And when you look at the sky you know you are looking at stars which are hundreds and thousands of light-years away from you. And some of the stars don’t even exist anymore because their light has taken so long to get to us that they are already dead, or they have exploded and collapsed into red dwarfs. And that makes you seem very small, and if you have difficult things in you life it is nice to think that they are what is called negligible, which means they are so small you don’t have to take them into account when you are calculating something.”
“And because there is something they can’t see people think it has to be special, because people always think there is something special about what they can’t see, like the dark side of the moon, or the other side of a black hole, or in the dark when they wake up at night and they’re scared.”
“...and I went into the garden and lay down and looked at the stars in the sky and made myself negligible.”
“People think that alien spaceships would be solid and made of metal and have lights all over them and move slowly through the sky because that is how we would build a spaceship if we were able to build one that big. But aliens, if they exist, would probably be very different from us. They might look like big slugs, or be flat like reflections. Or they might be bigger than planets. Or they might not have bodies at all. They might just be information, like in a computer. And their spaceships might look like clouds, or be made up of unconnected objects like dust or leaves.”
―Mark Haddon,The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time
“..because when we look up into the sky at night there will be no darkness, just the blazing light of billions and billions of stars, all falling.”