. . . but they have no interest in real combat, when the great masters struggle against that something, that something that terrifies us all, that something that cows us and spurs us on, amid blood and mortal wounds and stench.

08 February 2010

Interstate 80

What a kind thing to say, *Capitu, when clearly most of what I talk about are simply childish fascinations.

For example in The Part About Fate, I was startled and delighted suddenly to be transported back to a place I know so much better. In his lecture on the stars, Seaman talks about the stars we see from Interstate 80 between Des Moines and Lincoln.

Less ethereally, Campbell, a short time later, is reminiscing about going to college in Sioux City and a bar in Smithland near the Little Sioux River.

It was a bit disorienting to encounter that in this book. But fun.

*Capitu is a fictional character who appears in Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis, a classic Brazilian novel.

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