first was the kazantzakis ring with a passage that has rang through my mind and stuck to my ribs for most, if not all of my adult experience. and now the bowles ring. Paul Bowles is another of my very very favorite authors, and this another of my very very favorite passages.
starting with our el jefe base, and layering text and gold accents - a very strong ring, to be sure. for men or for women.
from the novel let it come down, paul bowles - on the ring it's a bit condensed.
the ring reads:
life is not a movement toward or away
from anything the whole of life does not
equal the sum of its parts it equals any
one of the parts - there is no sum
four 14k gold satellites accent and separate .
it is taken from the following passage:
Because life is not a movement toward or away from anything; not even from the past to the future, or from youth to old age, or from birth to death. The whole of life does not equal the sum of its parts. it equals any one of the parts; there is no sum. the full-grown man is no more deeply involved in life than the new-born child; his only advantage is that it can occasionally be given him to become conscious of the substance of that life, and unless he is a fool he will not look for reasons or explanations. Life needs no clarifying, no justification. From whatever direction the approach is made, the result is the same: life for life's sake, the transcending fact of the living individual. In the meantime you eat. "*
it's part of our literature and lyric line releasing for fall 2014. watch this space, amores.
*Paul Bowles, Let it Come Down, 1952 (Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 2001), 183.