Monday, May 20, 2013


“All my life I have been a poor go-to-sleeper. 
No matter how great my weariness, 
the wrench of parting with consciousness 
is unspeakably repulsive to me. 
I loathe Somnus, that black-masked headsman binding me to the block; 
and if in the course of years I have got so used to my nightly ordeal 
as almost to swagger while the familiar axe 
is coming out of its great velvet-lined case,
 initially I had no such comfort or defense.”

-- Vladimir Nabokov

Self portrait 5-20-13

Somnus is the Latin name for the Greek god Hypnos, 
a son of the goddess Nyx  (night) 
and the personification of sleep. 
His palace was a dark cave where the sun never shined. 
His dwelling place had neither door nor gate 
lest he be awakened by the creaking of hinges.