"A map shows infinite possible routes; a computer-generated itinerary shows one. Using the new navigational aides, you remain dependent, and your trajectory requires obedience to the technology—the Garmin device literally dictates voice commands you are meant to obey. If you use paper maps to navigate, tracing your own routes rather than having them issued as a line, a list, or a set of commands, you incrementally learn the lay of the land. Eventually maps become unnecessary, or rather the map has migrated inside your head, a radically interactive journey far beyond the horizon of most digital navigational devices (and beyond the usual definition of interactive: pushing buttons and twiddling with data). You no longer need help navigating but can offer it.
The map becomes obsolete as you become oriented. Or rather the map is then no longer on paper in front of you but inside you; many maps are, as you contain knowledge of many kinds of history and community in one place. You no longer need help navigating but can offer it. You become a map, an atlas, a guide, a person who has absorbed maps, or who needs no map intermediaries because you know the lay of the land and the many ways to get here from there. You know where you are, which may become an increasingly rare thing in an era of digital intervention."
— —Rebecca Solnit, Unfathomable City
"The ‘unsayable’ thing at the center of the poem becomes visible to the poet and reader in the same way that dark matter becomes visible to the astrophysicist. You can’t see it, but by measure of its effect on the visible, it can become so precise a silhouette you can almost know it."
Rebecca Lindenberg, interviewed for McSweeney’s Books (via nps2013)
oh there’s a lot of good things said in this interview about grief.
"When I opened my eyes I saw nothing but the pool of night sky, for I was lying on my back with out-stretched arms, face to face with that hatchery of stars."
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars (via likeafieldmouse)
(Source: wnycradiolab, via an-itinerant-poet)
"I want to recognize something I never saw before."
— Ursula Le Guin
"It is a lonely idea, a lonely condition, so terrifying to think of that we usually don’t. And so we talk to each other, write and wire each other, call each other short and long distance across land and sea, clasp hands with each other at meeting and at parting, fight each other and even destroy each other because of this always somewhat thwarted effort to break through walls to each other. As a character in a play once said, ‘We’re all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins.’”
—Tennessee Williams, from “Person-to-Person,” in New Selected Essays: Where I Live (New Directions, 2009)"
— the château of my heart: