“What made the United States frontier experience different from, say, the Russian or the South American was precisely the role of government in surveying the land ahead of time and providing pioneers clear titles to it — the basis of their freedom and security.” – Michael Harris reviewing The Fabric of America in the LA Times.
“I knew that sometimes swimmers kept an exact count of every stroke in a meditative exercise much like the Zen Buddhist practice of kinhin, a moving contemplation in which you walk clockwise around a room, timing each step with each breath. While such discipline has always seemed extreme to me, I understood then that there was something universal about the desire to calculate experience by attending to its smallest increments.” – From Akiko Busch’s meditation on swimming in a river in the NYT Magazine
“Did I say keep your friends? Keep your friends, hold on to your friends. Don’t lose your friends.” – Advice from a fictional Ernest Hemingway in Tobias Wolff’s Old School