Spectator III. Hinche, Haiti, May 2014.

Spectator III. Hinche, Haiti, May 2014.

“I was in that state between waking and sleeping. From there you can wander towards either of the two. You can go away in a dream or you can open your eyes, be aware of your body, the room, the crows cawing in the snow outside the window. What distinguishes this state from full wakefulness is that there is no distance between word and meaning. It is the place of original meaning.” John Berger, from “And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos

Berger’s essay brings love, politics, poetry and separation into a glowing honeycomb of relationships. It is the kind of book that stays by one’s pillow. The kind that not only changes but continues, like an oracle, to inform lives. Listen to Simon McBurney talk about “And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos” on the BBC Radio 4 series, The Book that Changed Me.