Magazine article Tate Etc.

Claire-Louise Bennett on Dorothea Tanning's Some Roses and Their Phantoms 1952

Magazine article Tate Etc.

Claire-Louise Bennett on Dorothea Tanning's Some Roses and Their Phantoms 1952

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He probably doesn't understand why I don't contact him and make an arrangement to meet up. I'm not sure I understand why I don't. It's not as if I'm doing anything, I'm doing nothing in fact, really nothing. I could be with him right now. He could be here, I could have eaten my dinner with him here, instead of on my own. Wouldn't that be nice? To arrange for him to come at seven o'clock, let's say, for dinner? Wouldn't that give me something to do at least, some reason to wear flattering clothes, some reason to clean the bathroom sink? He could be here, right this moment, sitting here at the table with me, and I could be talking to him - but what would I say exactly? I used to enjoy talking about my life and my ideas. I would be very serious, but not really. Rather I would create an atmosphere of seriousness in order that the man would feel I was disclosing something I'd never before divulged. I would talk as though the things I was saying were being confessed for the very first time, as if by being with him specifically something gasped inside me that produced this unprecedented way of seeing things and expressing them. …

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