WALKING and more … ‘ Walking, paradoxically, allows for the possibility of stillness…Sometimes I walk because I have things on my mind, and walking helps me sort them out. Solvitur ambulando, as they say. ~ Lauren Elkin, Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London. ‘
Thursday. Metro North train pulls into Grand Central. The morning calendar is light. I’m in no rush to get across town to the office.
I sit on the train reading Ocean Vuong’s new book: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Justin Torres’ book review: “the book is brilliant in the way it pays attention not to what our thoughts make us feel, but to what our feelings make us think.” And he’s got it exactly right.
I sip it page by page.
The train clears, and I sit alone. Train engines shut down. Air conditioning rests. I sit in silence.
I finish the chapter, with eyes skimming Vuong: “We sidestep ourselves in order to move forward.”
I tuck the iPad into my bag. I pause for another moment to enjoy the quiet.
‘Our feelings make us think…” and I feel just below the…
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