“I stand in the street and watch the house and take some photographs, apologetic Parisians ducking past me. House-watching is an art. You have to develop a way of seeing how a building sits in a landscape or streetscape. You have to discover how much room it takes up in the world, how much of the world it displaces.”more info
source: The Hare with Amber Eyes (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), 22.
“Perhaps we are here in order to say: house, bridge, fountain, gate, pitcher, fruit-tree, window—”more info
source: “The Ninth Elegy,” in Duino Elegies & The Sonnets to Orpheus (New York: Vintage Books, 2009), 57.
“Unlike chocolates, houses are predictable: you always know you’re getting rot and decay and a long, tough mortgage. Eat them or put them back in the box—you can’t do either without a lawsuit or an ordinance hearing.”more info