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De File - Everything in its Place and Time
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quuf From: quuf Date: October 10th, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Don't know why it occurred to me to click on the photo, Charlie, but I'm so glad I did. What a beautiful tribute.

When I was in France 18 years ago I spent a couple days with the parents of a close friend. They lived in a village about an hour south of Paris in a lovely old house a block from the village church, which was built in the 14th century.

Like Carl, Pierre had all his tools in perfect order. As he showed me around his basement workshop, he held tool after tool up for my inspection, intoning in faulty English the year he'd acquired each: I got zees 'ammer een nineteen seurty-ett.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 31st, 2013 07:23 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
[I thought I'd replied to your comment from my phone. But I just realized that the comment didn't post. Sorry!]

I love this story. I didn't grow up using tools, which may explain the special appeal they hold for me now.

As for the "hidden" link, well, I sometimes feel weird about self-promotion. Going about it this way seems pretty passive-aggressive, though, with hindsight.
quuf From: quuf Date: October 31st, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I know what you mean about passive aggression. Back when I used to post regularly, before Dad got sick, I would occasionally disallow comments - and then resent people for not commenting. :)
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ABOUT DE FILE
You're looking at content from my Live Journal, which I have been keeping since 2003. I consider it a personal blog, though it lacks stream-of-consciousness revelations that typify that genre.

That said, if you manage to discern the confessional mode within entries that are superficially tight-lipped, I will reward you handsomely. Or at least pretend to do so.

In addition to reflections, however mediated, on my daily activities, De File features periodic excavations of material from my "files," a revelation sure to disturb anyone who has seen my garage. It's an experiment in integrating past and present, perhaps with a little redemption along the way.

Politics is always on my mind, but rarely explicit here. I’m working on a theory about what personal writing like this does to literary identification and why some people resist its pull so powerfully. But my goal is to make that theory dissolve in my practice, a density in liquid.

You'll note that I have links to blogs not on LiveJournal directly above, as well as assorted websites of note. The blogs I read regularly on LiveJournal itself fall under "FRIENDS" at the top, for those of you unfamiliar with LJ’s workings.

You can write me. I'm "cbertsch" before the circle-a and "comcast.net" after it.
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