4 February 2010
“The Tao produces the one. The one produces the two. The two produces the three. The three produces all beings.” -Lao Tzu
"The scent of cigarettes became his madeleine. (3)
(3) If we consider Proust to be the ﬁrst man who articulated the idea of remembrances of things past, then this would be the perfect time for the remembrances of things present - we can contribute the ever-growing list of consumed items through the years (product names, price, serial number), as well as records of chance encounters in shopping malls, travel groups around the world (height, weight, body type). Compared to these overly material-based data, He Shan's involuntary memory of the cigarettes would appear to be more poetic and lasting. That scent of cigarettes surrounding the woman has always allowed him to sense the continuity and reality of life."
–Hu Fang, Garden of Mirrored Flowers, 2009.