Live “Inspired Catharsis for the Open Mind”
Do you recall one of your regular trips to the balcony on the third floor of Skapto 1 when you were puffing curls of smoke, surrounded by nothing else but thoughts? What if we tell you there was someone else, hidden behind Rila Mountain’s fog? What if there was a French boy standing with a piece of paper in his hands and the contour of your face incited him to turn the paper into a poem or a short story?
On Feb. 11, Louis Toussaint revealed his art publicly in Panitza Library. In his short story, “The Еnd and the Start,” he described humans from the perspective of those toys that were part of their owners’ leisure time when they were little but then, as people grew up, were completely forsaken:
“But for them, we were not failures. We were not sin, we were not hate, and we were not evil. We symbolized a variable gone wrong in an almighty experiment that attempted to put feelings in a cage. A prison of flesh and bone.”
Most of the people who attended the reading were Louis’ close friends. It was amusing to study the facial expressions of the observers. Without blinking, a substantial part of them were completely compelled by the words and stories. Their faces would tremble every time they related to the feelings that his literature conveyed, wishing they too could be someone’s muse.
“He has his own style, which is partly influenced by nowadays social media, and entirely by people close to him,” second-year student Gabriela Georgieva said. “I read his blog (“Here and Now/Then and There/ For a While, Inspired Catharsis for the Open Mind”) and I can say that there are poems worth reading.” At the end of the reading, the audience’s facial expressions disclosed gratitude that there are still young people who are able to handle words in a valuable way.
There is a polemic between whether we are a product of our environment, born as tabula rasa (Latin: blank slate), supported by Aristotle and Locke, or whether we carry unique genes that predetermine our capabilities (Kant). Louis for us is a phenomenon that stands in between those two theses. He most certainly has a way with words and creates depictions that not every mind can imagine. Notwithstanding that, the places where he lived and the protagonists of his lifetime story have certainly contributed to the development of his imagination and writing style.
While our notebooks are overflowing with quotes that strike us and make us reflect on verses, we would not like to affect you too much. Instead, we recommend you to take a look at Louis’ diligently organized blog and give his writings an interpretation of your own.
This article was a joint effort by AUBG Daily’s Owl Stella Zlatareva and Rumina Mateva.