laure: the true whore as muse

“Avoid contact with all people in whom there is no possible resonance with what touches you most deeply and toward whom you have obligations of “kindness,” of “politeness.”- Laure, Collected writings

Although she wrote little and published almost nothing, Colette Peignot, a.k.a. Laure, is one of the more fascinating and intense women writers of the past century. Georges Bataille and Michel Leiris described her as “one of the most vehement existences [that] ever lived, one of the most conflicted.” They summarized her volatile personality as “[e]ager for affection and for disaster, oscillating between extreme audacity and the most dreadful anguish, as inconceivable on a scale of real beings as a mythical being, she tore herself on the thorns with which she surrounded herself until becoming nothing but a wound, never allowing herself to be confined by anything or anyone.” In other words, Laure was the epitome of what Bataille would dub the “sovereign” individual.

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2 thoughts on “laure: the true whore as muse

  1. While I respect someone as a “sovereign individual”, I’m not sure existing as a nothing but a “wound” would be an ideal existence. I would rather nurture some dependence on my fellow man for the happiness it provides, than to be entirely alone and “free” forever. But that is one of the best quotes I’ve ever read, and I absolutely agree. Surround yourself with like-minded people, and your world will flourish. Great post, and thanks for introducing me to this fascinating lady.

  2. “Scatter, spoil, destroy, throw to the dogs all that you want: you will never affect me again. I will never be where you think you find me, where you think you’ve finally caught me in a chokehold that makes you come… As for me I am beyond words, I have seen too much, known too much, experienced too much for appearance to take on form. You can do anything you want, I will not be hurt.”

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