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2006.05.12

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Pica

Oh--Jarrett, a while ago you were just down the road and seem to be literally drifting off miles away...

Great to continue to read your explorations of place and places. And I hope you'll keep doing that.

glennb44

Jarrett - good to see you writing again. Your writing is like comfort food for the soul. It feels like I'm experiencing it all through your eyes and words. Keep it up.

Kevin Brewer

Mark Twain said Australian history is ‘always picturesque; indeed, it is so curious and strange, that it is itself the chiefest novelty the country has to offer and so pushes the other novelties into second and third place. It does not read like history, but like the most beautiful lies; and all of a fresh new sort, no mouldy old stale ones. It is full of surprises and adventures, and inconguities, and contradictions, and incredibilities; but they are all true, they all happened.’

AD Hope said in his poem Australia:
"They call her a young country, but they lie:
She is the last of lands, the emptiest,
A woman beyond her change of life, a breast
Still tender but within the womb is dry.

Without songs, architecture, history:
The emotions and superstitions of younger lands,
Her rivers of water drown among inland sands,
The river of her immense stupidity

Floods her monotonous tribes from Cairns to Perth.
In them at last the ultimate men arrive
Whose boast is not: "we live" but "we survive",
A type who will inhabit the dying earth."


Miss Bliss

I will miss knowing that you are at least on the same continent as me...but knowing that you are still wandering the world, observing and commenting will continue to bring me joy. But I ask the question...why not New Zeland? They don't have all those deadly bugs and so on there.

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