Month: November 2017

XXIII. 16/10/17-19/11/17; apparent design

The layout of the courtyards and gardens of Zhu’s family mansion in Jianshui was no more familiar after spending a night there. The place is being extended. Overnight guests and their cigarettes are a threat to century old wood. There is a fear that the whole thing will go up in flames  ignited by recklessness. The new concrete-built garden will be in the Suzhou style. The Humble Administrator’s Garden in Suzhou was built by a civil servant who had become disillusioned with the bureaucracy of government.  The garden-extension in Jianshui is being built by the bureaucracy itself. No real garden can compete with an imagined garden. 假作真時真亦假, 無為有處有還無。 Truth becomes fiction when the fiction’s true; Real becomes not-real where the unreal’s real. Dream of the Red Chamber Upon the sort of screen, patterned with different states and impressions, which my consciousness would quietly unfold while I was reading, and which ranged from the most deeply hidden aspirations of my heart to the wholly external view of the horizon spread out before my eyes at the foot …