June 16, 2011 16 Comments
A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face.
I run my fingers over the contours of the world. I rest my eyes on its sunsets and its snow-capped mountains, its white beaches and its emerald seas, its glittering skyscrapers and its rickety favelas. I try hard to listen to people rather than talk, to let their words, their experiences, and their wisdom settle like fresh snow on the jagged landscape of my mind. And through it all I’m really trying to understand myself, which I hope will help me understand everyone. So maybe that’s what this blog is about. It seeks to answer two questions: Who the heck am I? And who are you? (as opposed to, “Who the heck are you?” or “Who the heck do you think you are?” Sorry, I’m trying to be funny. If I can match Borges at nothing else, maybe I can at least be funnier than he was.)
Please talk to me. I want to hear from you. I don’t know much, but I know you can teach me a few things. And thank you.
It’s time I created some structure for this blog. So here’s my plan:
- Beginning next week, I’ll post Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
- I’ll devote Tuesdays to pictures (usually falling under a theme).
- Thursdays I’ll usually post something short of my own, but when life gets busy I’ll share favorite quotes from favorite authors.
- Saturdays I’ll post longer pieces, usually all “authorial” sounding. Some will be essays, some will be stories, others will be travel narratives, and still others will be, well, random miscellany. I’ve noticed that when I write these sorts of pieces, they tend to hover around 700 words in length, so that will be my goal.
Today, I want to share Argentina with you. These photos are from a summer I spent traveling there while I was in college:
*These photos are sized wrong for my homepage. For some reason the edit option isn’t working, so I’ll have to re-size them later.