Postcard from california
09 June, 2011

 

Our valued correspondent in the United States Khatia Esartia is a budding writer, probing into the genre very gingerly but wisely. The other day we had a very open and spontaneous discussion about writing in general. I ventured to tell her that I believed in natural maturation of the pen, which needs a very tender handling. Here is the answer I got from her which found me in happy and proud thoughts about her:

 

Dear Nug,

When I was in Japan, I

went to a Buddhist Temple on the outskirts of Tokyo. It was known as a Temple where people went to find and pray for a better fortune. We rode on three busses to get there standing all the way, and by the time we came to the Temple all I wanted it to tell me was that I would be sitting down and eating in the near future. It did not. I was traveling with a Japanese friend who lived in Tokyo and California-Taiwanese friend whom I have known from Art School. They wanted to find out their fortunes. I was mortified, as no fortune teller has ever said anything worthwhile to me before- on the contrary it was always grim predictions, and warnings. One fortune teller in Venice beach was so adamant about me going back to School, I thought perhaps my parents had paid her off to say that. So at this Buddhist Temple we had to roll dice and according to what we rolled we got to blindly pick out a long stick with a number on it. After that we had to go to the wall outside the Temple and find a drawer corresponding to the number. My friend pulled number 4 fortune, a pretty good one about being a salt of the earth and of the family. She already is a mother of two and her husband adores her. My Japanese host pulled a number 3 fortune, pretty good but rather ordinary on life. She is a great person, married to the chef who works in her family restaurant and she runs the place. Very good- excellent food actually! This is all she had ever wanted. I pulled number 1. I am Georgian after all. My fortune was the blessed one and the one that brings great responsibilities. In other words I have to be very careful what I decided to do, because no matter what it is I will be good at it (Obviously LSE disagreed). The fortune said to look at all the (I am not kidding) cloisonne pieces built into my Tower of Good Fortune and acknowledge that they exist. Multiple assets! Funny that I ended up studying cloisonne in Tbilisi! So I don’t think there are any artificial choices I can make anymore. Or have before. Follow your gut — said the fortune and you will be on the top of the tower surrounded with all the cloisonne you want. Good thing I am not one for world domination, eh? So my gut tells me take a class at the Iowa Workshop festival and study some short story writing. And design jewelry, and write children’s books and study museum studies and write, write, write! Thanks again for the support! Cheers! Khatia.

Wow, what a story! I think we all need Khatia to be sharing more with us – more of her stories, more of her thoughts, more of her emotions and philosophy. I  strongly believe that we will soon see her books – smaller or bigger – sitting on our desks, ready to be fed to our hearts and minds that have lately gone a little stiff and dry (mine at least) because of our unavoidable preoccupation with those earthly mundane needs and errands of the day.

The NBR.

 

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