p13 "The madeleine is a 'woman-cake'. Madeleine holds and releases, like a Bartesian punctum (always tiny) or a Lacanian objet petit a."
p34 Barthes's nostalgia (unlike its less productive forms) is not in the service of foreclosing the future, of rejecting the possibility of productive change... I seek to rescue nostalgia, not as an innocent child but as a formidable critical tool (as more adolescent)....
I, like Cornell, want "to make nostalgia into one of the big permanent emotions you could put in a box [or between the covers of a book], like lust or greed, instead of one of the smaller disreputable ones you kept in a drawer".
p59 - In 1942, Marcel Duchamp played on modern art's inability to communicate, its absolute obscurity to all those outside [referring to string piece]
"I have seen my own boys do it: looping string inside and around a bureau drawer, up and over a bunk bed, down and through the axle of a toy truck, up and over and around the doorknob, through a box of toys and back on over to yet another handle on a bureau drawer. To open the bedroom door is to feel the tension of the domestic, the maternal tied up."