In the following, I`ll give short interpretations of some of the
noon quilt stories. I picked authors of different age and from different
countries and continents to demonstrate how different the view from a window
can be: various climates in urban surroundings or settings in the countryside.
Some authors described rather their emotional state than the visual view.
There are 14-year-old pupils, who had to write a noon quilt story as part
of their studies. Others are web designers or writers and poets who publish
on the web. Some of them probably found the site surfing the internet while
working. Lots of the stories describe -mostly quite depressing- views from
No matter what topic is worked on, every piece of writing gives allows us a glimpse into the interior world of the author and its subjective look out of their window.
|Among the authors of the noon quilt stories there are
some who wrote their story as part of their studies or job, that is not
voluntarily. This is also the case with the contribution of Peter Griffith
from Mumbai, India.
Although it seems like he just wants to fill the space of the patch he is writing in, he gives us important information about his work circumstances, so we can imagine his situation at midday. He appears like one of the "office victims", who are surrounded by "office towers, cars, ties, filofaxes and cellphones (...)".
|He is working in the stressful business of advertising. In between the pressure of producing new adverts, he hastily writes down a couple of thoughts to enlarge the noon quilt . He is not writing about having his lunch break, but "all (he sees) of noon was through the toilet window".|
Jay Ball's text is similar to Peter Griffin's. She calls herself a "copywhore" and is working in London's "adland". She gives us a detailed description of her working environment when she writes about "gas towers rising in iron cages, smoke tinged, smog filtered, traffic weaving, stalling, screeching". It sounds like she is tired of London's fast big city life and the harsh way people treat each others because of the tension of a stressful job, pushing each others through hallways of office buildings saying: "Get out of the fucking way". We get the impression that her job makes her feel uncomfortable, worthless and unhappy when she writes: "Breathing. Choking. Deep-throat gagging. Tears shuttering down an upturned cheek." She expresses her loneliness when she writes about the " anonymous traveller travelling nowhere."
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