self [martel].

"Roger lived on a street above and behind the school, a bumpy strip of asphalt with no sidewalks that the city had laid atop a drumlin decades ago and forgotten since. In the quiet of this municipal amnesia the trees because enormous, the houses settled and nothing new happened except for the progressive fracturing of the road. One oak tree, dead set on reclaiming lost territory had burst through the asphalt with so many rooty kneecaps that the road looked like the folds of an accordion. When I manoeuvred my way down the street on my bike I always thought of that line in Albee's Zoo Story: 'Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of his way to come back a short distance correctly.'" -yann martel in Self

Posted on November 17, 2010 and filed under writing-.