Thank you so much for they journey into another world. Could we please do it again, soon?*
(The girl with the green eyes)
Art is a leap into the void, a chance to give birth to your genius where there was no magic before.
There are those who want to use time against us.
It’s not time.
It is time.
You missed your time.
We haven’t got time for that.
These are expressions of finite time, but there is also infinite time with characteristics of including as many as possible for as long as possible, playing with time, creating time, opening up moments of time.
The girl with the green eyes was a Jewish child secretly being taught by Helen Fagin in a Polish ghetto in the World War II. Fagin decided, this would be more than ‘dry information but hope,’* telling the children stories that were banned by the Nazis.^
Fagin’s is an extreme story about how we must question time, play with time, rail against time, in order to bring what we need most. It is unlikely we’ll have to face such severe times as Helen Fagin and her class of children, yet there comes a time when each of us must do what we must do, meeting our need and those of others, to bring our art, to make some magic happen where there was no magic before.
Fagin reflects on the reading of those stories in a description that feels to be an uncovering of infinite time:
There are times when dreams sustain us more than facts. To read a book and surrender to a story is to keep our very humanity alive.*
(Only four out of twenty-two children from Fagin’s class survived the Holocaust; the girl with the green eyes was one of these. The two would find each other many years later and they would meet agin in New York.)
(*The girl with the free eyes, from Helen Fagin’s letter to young readers: A Velocity of Being by Maria Popova and Claudia Bedrick.)
(**From Seth Godin’s The Icarus Deception.)
(^”Telling” because these books were clandestinely circulated within a trusted circle of people who had to read them in the night after which they had to be moved on.