The Art of Dwelling on the Past


Maybe we should think of memory itself as an art form … and remember that a work of art is never finished, only abandoned.

Brevity’s nonfiction blog has posted an overview of John Koenig’s exquisite The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. In this online dictionarywhich Brevity describes as “a compendium of invented words … words that are given beautiful, gemlike definitions”Koenig explores the meaning of words like klexos (i.e. the art of dwelling on the past) through gorgeous text, video, and music.

Stephanie Bento is a writer, classical cellist, and photographer living in Washington, DC. In her writing, she is interested in exploring the musicality of sound and form, and our connection to time and place. Find out more about her creative work at, or say hello/bonjour on Twitter @saudadebelle. More from this author →