“How many more times will you watch the full moon rise?
Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.” Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky
Men’s Spring Summer 23 by Anthony Vaccarello Scenography by Anthony Vaccarello in collaboration with Es Devlin Filmed by Nathalie Canguilhem Soundtrack by Sebastian
Dear Shaded Viewers,
In the early 80’s I went to Jardin Majorelle-Yves Saint Laurent Mansion in Marrakech but spent most of my time in Maroc in Tanger. I remember my first trip to Tanger reading books by Paul Bowles in preparation for the trip and of course The Sheltering Sky. In 1995 while visiting Tanger my friends and I even had the opportunity to visit Paul Bowles in his apartment. It was a month before he made his first visit back to New York in something like 40 years or more. We were supposed to stay 10 minutes but in the end we were there more than an hour. Here are a few excerpts from The Sheltering Sky, one was used by Anthony Vaccarello for his show, here is a bit more of the text from the book The Sheltering Sky:
“Death is always on the way, but the fact that you don’t know when it will arrive seems to take away from the finiteness of life. It’s that terrible precision that we hate so much. But because we don’t know, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.”
“When I was young” … “Before I was twenty, I mean, I used to think that life was a thing that kept gaining impetus, it would get richer and deeper each year. You kept learning more, getting wiser, having more insight, going further into the truth” – she hesitated.
Port laughed abruptly. – “And now you know it’s not like that. Right? It’s more like smoking a cigarette. The first few puffs it tasted wonderful, and you don’t even think of its ever being used up. Then you begin taking it for granted. Suddenly you realise it’s nearly burned down to the end. And then’s when you’re conscious of the bitter taste.”