On Sharing One’s Memories

Butterfly Ghost

Items of one’s past are apt to fade from exposure. They are like those richly pigmented butterflies and moths which the ignorant amateur hangs up in a display case on the wall of his sunny parlor and which, after a few years, are bleached to a pitiful drab hue. The metallic blue of so-called structural wing scales is hardier, but even so a wise collector should keep specimens in the dry dark of a cabinet.

Vladimir Nabokov
Strong Opinions (1973)

Photo by laurensmith700: Butterfly Ghost (2008)


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