in NOCH VOLUME, What Matters Now? (What Can’t You Hear?), anthology on expanded listening, April 2013,

Listening to the Stars

Make new acquaintances:  listen to learn their methods of attaining success

(19 November, 1952, Sagittarius)* 

We have lived here for a while. Third floor, nice views but no garden. I always resented that, no garden. And the stairs, particularly with the buggy and the children.  They are older now but still. Then came the mudslide, all of a sudden, I really do not know where from. But the long and short of it is that now we are on the ground floor. No more stairs, no more dragging up of shopping, no more lugging of buggies and heavy children up and down three sets of steps. Just a nice ground floor entrance, and of course the garden is ours now. Sometimes we can hear the noises from down below. Screams and banging, smashing of furniture against the walls and the ceilings no doubt. We try to ignore it. I am sure it will stop eventually. The mud is drying, we have sown some seeds, by summer it should have become a nice green lawn to play on.

  1. *Theodor W. Adorno, The Starts Down to Earth, Routledge 2007, p145 [orig. 1950]