Collage - Journal 1932...

Collage - Journal 1932...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

He was a traveler and an artist with an aura of mystique - Paul Bowles...

"Whereas the tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a few weeks or months, the traveler, belonging no more to one place than to the next, moves slowly, over periods of years, from one part of the earth to another."
- Paul Bowles

Greetings from the Arabian Peninsula.  Sitting here on 7500 feet with cold nights and sunny days... thinking about Morocco and... Perhaps my next destination will be Tangier, Morocco...and to quote Paul Bowles; "If people and their manner of living were alike everywhere, there would not be much point in moving from one place to another."

 Tangier - located on the north coast of Africa, once the playground for eccentrics, travelers and adventurers.

Paul Bowles (1910 –1999) was an American ex pat., traveler, artist, composer, and translator.

His first novel “The Sheltering Sky” was written in 1949 and made into a film in 1990 about an American couple travelling in French North Africa... 

... we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens, only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty, and yet it all seems limitless.
"The Sheltering Sky"
- Paul Bowles

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In 1947 he settled in Tangier, Morocco for 52 years, until his death at the age of 88.

1 comment:

  1. As you no doubt know, Bowles himself made an appearance in the movie. The film is somewhat of a travel experience all by itself. I've enjoyed perusing your posts.