Quote of the Fortnight: Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red

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This week’s Quote of the Fortnight is from Anne Carson’s novel in verse, Autobiography of Red, which retells the story of Geryon and Hercules in modern form. The book explores the relationship between photographs and volcanoes.

“A volcano is not a mountain like others. Raising a camera to one’s face has effects that no one can calculate in advance.”

By distinguishing a volcano from a mountain and juxtaposing the volcano with the idea of a camera, one can see the dramatic implications of both cameras and photography.

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