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saudade

...taught to mark on one of those new york city nights-that-become-mornings, the portuguese word saudade is like no other. it has no direct translation in english - and any attempt, in the heart of a native speaker, falls short of encapsulating the depth + complexity of its meaning. one effort claims that it is an emotional state of profound nostalgia, a longing for an absent something or someone that one loves; moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing may never return.

...these antique aide memoires – translated literally to memory aids – were used by women in the 19th and early 20th centuries as ways to keep track of everything from dance partners to daily musings + are as one-of-a-kind as the lives they recorded.