"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

From There to Here

Thinking over the past 24 hours, I realise how the world, which sometimes seems so large, can contract.

Yesterday I was driving along a remote country road with the Chap and my three dogs. We saw a few dozen wild turkeys roaming in a stubble field. And a jogger.

Today I find myself in a vast metropolis, where I've passed through a massive international airport, zipped about in underground trains, and walked along busy, busy streets filled with "city people".

I didn't draw this map, but I do recognise its accuracy.

We're in the red part. The reddest part of the red part. A long, long way from fields and forests and turkeys.

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