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6646 Hollywood Boulevard
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Stephanie Gibbs, a bookbinder in Los Angeles, CA, offers edition and fine binding, book conservation, custom boxes, and paper repair for contemporary and historic books, manuscripts, and documents to clients throughout California.

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Stephanie Gibbs

It's May. The lilacs are blooming. So is my Christmas cactus. Things are a bit confused.


There is a certain irony that what follows is (a) ten years old; (b) from what passes for my archive (read: deep in a filing cabinet); and (c) was edited in the present moment as I sit next to my devoted cat (named after my grandfather), (d) on my grandmother's chair.

The piece was from a 1922 essay by André Breton:

Lâchez tout.

Lâchez Dada.

Lâchez votre femme, lâchez votre maîtresse.

Lâchez vos espérances et vos craintes.

Semez vos enfants au coin d’un bois.

Lâchez la proie pour l’ombre.

Lâchez au besoin une vie asiée, ce qu’on vous donne pour une situation d’avenir.

Partez sur les routes.

My rudimentary translation was paired with a 1921 poem by Anna Akmatova, and they were typed (on the 1923 Underwood) and bound in a very pink binding.

I suppose the moral is that I will probably never, ever master detachment. I will also never, ever master the French language.