Lila’s husband Brennan has found the perfect quote to capture the spirit of Echo, and we wanted to share it with everyone:
From Toni Morrison’s Beloved:
“I was talking about time. It’s so hard for me to believe in it. Some things go, pass on. Some things just stay. I used to think it was my rememory. You know. Some things you forget. Other things you never do. But it’s not. Places, places are still there. If a house burns down, it’s gone, but the place-the picture of it-stays, and not just in my rememory, but out there, in the world. What I remember is a picture floating around out there outside my head. I mean, even if I don’t think it, even if I die, the picture of what I did, or knew, or saw is still out there. Right in the place where it happened.”
“Can other people see it?” asked Denver.
“Oh, yes. Oh, yes, yes, yes. Someday you will be walking down the road and you hear something or see something going on. So clear. And you think it’s you thinking it up. A thought picture. But no. It’s when you bump into a rememory that belongs to somebody else. Where I was before I came here, that place is real. It’s never going away. Even if the whole farm-every tree and grass blade of it dies. The picture is still there and what’s more, if you go there-you who never was there-if you go there and stand in the place where it was, it will happen again; it will be there for you, waiting for you. So, Denver, you can’t never go there. Never. Because even though it’s all over-over and done with-it’s going to always be there waiting for you. That’s how come I had to get all my children out. No matter what.”
“If it’s still there, waiting, that must mean that nothing ever dies.”
Sethe looked right in Denver’s face. “Nothing ever does,” she said.
In other news, our night of interviewing in Lake Claire was absolutely amazing. We could have easily spent a year listening to stories from the wonderful people of that community. We’ve been busy transcribing and editing down hours of audio files. Listen to a sneak preview here – this story involving a rogue pony is one of our favorites from that evening. Thanks to everyone who spent some time chatting with us!
Finally, we also had the opportunity to chat with Mark Glaser from the MediaShift blog recently. Check out our interview here.