Friday, November 11, 2011


Joan Didion, "Goodbye to All That" 1967
"From my office, I could look across town to the weather signal on the Mutual of New York Building and the lights that alternately spelled TIME and LIFE above Rockefeller Plaza; that pleased me obscurely, and so did walking uptown in the mauve eight o’clocks of early summer evenings and looking at things, Lowestoft tureens in Fifty-seventh Street windows, people in evening clothes trying to get taxis, the trees just coming into full leaf, the lambent air, all the sweet promises of money and summer."

lambent |ˈlambənt|
adjective poetic/literary(of light or fire) glowing, gleaming, or flickering with a soft radiance the magical, lambent light of the north.• (of wit, humor, etc.) lightly brilliant a touch of the lambent bitterness that sometimes surfaced in him.ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Latin lambent- ‘licking,’ from the verb lambere.

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