The Look of the World Altered by Illness

From his study he has a panoramic view of the ice-skating rinks, Schramm Lake, and a clock. He calls the scene “almost l’atelier qui chante et qui bavarde.” [Walter Benjamin’s] cryptic letter is the starting point for a work about writing, illness, sleep, and the view from the window: Baudelaire, Woolf, Rossi, Potter all have described supine or convalescent views of clouds, patches of blue sky, blossoms, or the crowd seen with the innocence of a child. The look of the world altered by illness.

Moyra Davies, Index Cards, 84.