To Be Like Matter

 From Mastery of Non Mastery in the Age of Meltdown. Michael Taussig

This is from Flaubert looking at a Breughal the Younger painting in the Balbi  collection in Genoa.
“ I feel like flying, he says, swimming, yelping, bellowing, howling. He wants to be inside everything, to drift away with odors, flow like water, vibrate like sound, gleam like light, and curl myself into every shape, to penetrate every atom, to get down to the depth of matter- to be matter.”

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