October 13th, 2009

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Pondering The Places of Import I Have Visited

I sit stunned and amazed by this passage:

"Important places impress. Very important places impress absolutely.

"Thus a climber may only stand on the summit of Everest for scant moments--made stupid by exhaustion and lack of oxygen, hurried and harried by the cold, a full bladder, and the need to get back down the ridge to Camp VII before nightfall--but those few seconds will last forever in his memory and imagination. The heart has few enough fixed compass points; we forget none of them."
(Dan Simmons, Summer Sketches, pg. vii)
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