I would call back at least for literature this world of shadows we are losing. In the mansion called literature I would have the eaves deep and the walls dark, I would push back into the shadows the things that come forward too clearly, I would strip away the useless decoration. I do not ask for this to be done everywhere, but perhaps we may be allowed at least one mansion where we can turn off the electric lights and see what it is like without them.

Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows (1933-34). (Stoney Creek, CT: Leete’s island Books, 1977), p. 42.