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Here is the next excerpt from Beatrice Allen Page’s unpublished manuscript, Landscape with Figures:

“We call our era the space age, but obviously it’s also an age very much preoccupied with time although not so consciously. It may be that only the mathematicians can understand Einstein’s theory of the space-time continuum, but I think the rest of us, particularly the artists, are bound to have some dim awareness of it and to be influenced by it. In painting, in literature, in ballet, in the condensed, fragmented techniques of certain television programs, for instance, there is a striving for simultaneity in contrast to continuity. The artists seem to be trying to escape from the bondage of our present concept of time, to negate the sequence of past, present and future, and encompass them in one whole.

This, it occurs to me, is just the opposite of what I was thinking that day in the old graveyard about the human desire to be part of the stream of time. One could feel both, I suppose –  a desire to hang on to the old and familiar, to ‘belong’ somewhere, on the one hand, and an urge to transcend the familiar boundaries on the other.

The man I called about the oak tree came to look at it this morning and said it had bleeding canker, which sounded ominous to me but he assured me he could cure it. First he cut out all the dead wood and painted the wounds. Then he bored a circle of holes around the trunk and girdled it with seven pint bottles of some restorative.  By dinner time the tree had already drunk up a goodly amount of the stuff. I half expect it to begin lurching and swaying any minute.”

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