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Cruising Through Europe - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
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Cruising Through Europe
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quuf From: quuf Date: September 12th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I really enjoyed reading this, though the enjoyment lay more in your arrangement of the words than in the content, which was tough going. I hope you post more of the same in the future; I love these little histories.

My own experience of the aftermath is a lot less interesting, but does involve a night drive. As I sped through the Mojave listening to Verdi's Requiem, I sort of lost it during the Dies Irae when images of the jumpers stole into my head. The Requiem isn't my usual fare, so I can't help thinking I was trolling for catharsis without consciously realizing it.

Edited at 2010-09-12 10:41 pm (UTC)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 13th, 2010 07:15 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm very grateful that you read this, as long and hard to read as it may have been. I had originally planned this piece for an issue of Bad Subjects, envisioning it as a Big Deal. Well, for me anyway. But I just couldn't bear to continue revisiting that period.

The experience of driving through the Mojave you describe here is very evocative. I've passed through there enough to know how music gets magnified by the vast absence of habitation. Also, your formulation "trolling for catharsis without realizing it" strikes me as so, so illuminating for many things I've done in my life. I thank you for helping me to recognize that tendency in myself.
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