We usually think of time as a river, a river like the Nile, with strong, swift current bearing us further and further way from what we have been and towards the time when we will be not at all…But perhaps we should think of time as a deep, still pool rather than a fast-flowing river…Instead of looking back at time, we could look down into it…and now again different features of the past–different sights and sounds and voices and dreams–would rise to the surface: rise and subside, and the deep pool would hold them all, so that nothing was lost and nothing ever went away.
– from The Long Goodbye, Meghan O’Rourke
Thanks to my friend Carey for sending me this passage last month. I had noted this passage when I read The Long Goodbye, but it was timely and perfect (of course) to re-encounter it when Carey sent it to me.
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