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3/13/07

12:53 AM My work is a work in progress.

12:59 AM A rhyme

Form a picture,
Draw a hand.
Take a stab,
Make a stand.

All you are will never be,
All my nonsense will, soon, cease to be.

1:41 AM What does impact feel like?

A car, going just fast enough to land on all fours in an empty motel swimming pool, 4ft to 12 ft deep.

1:42 AM Films marked to contain nudity almost exclusively are labeled as such for showing bare breasts, so why don’t the back covers of movies say “Language, sexuality, violence and drug use, and breasts”?

10:43 AM From article by V.S. Naipaul on writing:

Ideas are abstract. They become books only when they are clothed with people and narrative. The reader, once he has entered this book and goes beyond the opening pages, finds himself in a double narrative. There is the immediate narrative of the person to whom we are being introduced; there is the larger outer narrative in which all the varied pieces of the book are going to fit together. Nothing is done at random. Serious travel is an art, even if no writing is contemplated; and the special art in this book lay in divining who of the many people I met would best and most logically take my story forward, where nothing had to be forced.

On traveling India:

Part of my luck was the decision, made for no clear reason one day in the Taj Mahal hotel in Bombay, to do the religiously inauspicious Indian thing and travel round India in an anti-clockwise direction. To have gone the other way, north to Delhi and Calcutta and the Punjab would have been to get to the meat of the book too quickly, to leave the rest of the country hanging on, in a kind of anti-climax. To go south first, as I did, was to deal in a fresh way with important things like the influence of caste on the development of Indian science, the little-known century-long caste war of the south, the dispossession of the brahmins. This could be said to prepare the reader (and the writer) for the disturbances of the north: the British in Calcutta, Lucknow, Delhi – all the history of the past century, just below the present.

On note-taking:

I have often been asked about note-taking methods during the actual time of travel. I used no tape-recorder; I used pen and notebook alone. Since I was never sure whether someone I was meeting would serve my purpose, I depended in the beginning very often on simple conversation. I never frightened anyone by showing a notebook. If I found I was hearing something I needed, I would tell the person I wanted to take down his words at a later time. At this later time I would get the person to repeat what he had said and what I half knew. I took it all down in handwriting, making a note as I did so of the setting, the speaker, and my own questions. It invariably happened that the speaker, seeing me take it all down by hand, spoke more slowly and thoughtfully this second time, and yet his words had the rhythm of normal speech. An amazing amount could be done in an hour. I changed nothing, smoothed over nothing.

2:30 PM At one end they (eastern nations) want their religion to propagate and rule the world, and on the other they dehumanize and kill the women and girls who would have the babies to make that happen.

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