Imago lacus

The picture above was taken by a dear friend, the American poet Debra Kang Dean (please do not use it without permission). I met Debra three years before, when I went to Walden to work with his late husband Brad, a great Thoreau scholar. Once we spent hours tracking this quotation: "Some men go fishing all their lives without ever realizing it's not fish they are after." We concluded that Thoreau never wrote it, but si non è vero...

Monday, August 8, 2011


And isn't that the joy of foreign travel--there's always something to scratch your head over. You don't have to be fluent in order to wonder. Rather, you can just sit there with your mouth open, not exactly dumb, just speechless.

David Sedaris
“Easy, Tiger,” The New Yorker (July 11, 2011), p. 42  (courtesy of Elizabeth Macklin)