Tonight we’re celebrating the launch of two new titles in a seven-part series ‘Lemonade everything was so infinite’. We’ll be reading extracts from the two new books, ‘everything’ by Marit Münzberg and ‘was’ by myself, and from the two existing volumes ‘Lemonade’ by David Berridge and ‘_’ by Julia Calver.
The series is entitled ‘Lemonade everything was so infinite’. ‘Limonade es war alles so grenzenlos.’ was one of Franz Kafka’s last sentences in his Aus den Gesprächsblättern published in Briefe 1902–1924. Hélène Cixous, who repeatedly wrote about this sentence, translated it as ‘Limonade tout était si infini.’. This is translated in the english version of the Hélène Cixous Reader as ‘Lemonade everything was so infinite’.
My volume takes the form of a series of interviews with local florists and is subtitled “Advice on the palliative care of cut flowers”. Here’s an extract:
The nursery people will cut the flowers when they feel they’re the right ripeness. After the flowers have been picked in the nursery and packed, some are given gases for their journey.
And if you don’t it is really a waste.
You must strip all the foliage that’s going to be in the water.
If you don’t you get bacteria, the botulism form —
After you’ve stripped your leaves you must then cut the stem. In a flower shop we quite often use knives. You need to use sharp knives or a sharp pair of scissors.
If you cut them with a blunt cut, quite often that will cause it to rest on the bottom of the vase and then it will take up less water.
No, no that’s quite separate.
After you’ve done that you need to put them straight into water within a very short space of time, because it’s like the reverse of us. When you cut your skin you want it to heal and scab over. When you cut a flower stem you want to expose it so it continues to take in nutrients.
See the publisher’s website for further information or to buy copies of ‘Lemonade’, ‘_’, ‘everything’ or ‘was’.