Wednesday, 18 August 2010
e.l. doctorow on haunted houses
(via Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic):
"When people speak of a haunted house, they mean ghosts flitting about in it, but that’s not it at all. When a house is haunted - what I’m trying to explain - it is the feeling you get that it looks like you, that your soul has become architecture, and the house in all its materials has taken you over with a power akin to haunting. As if you, in fact, are the ghost. And as I look at you, a kind, lovely young woman, part of me says not that I don’t belong here, which is the truth, but that you don’t belong here."