I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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Davy Rothbart is the creator of Found Magazine, a frequent contributor to public radio’s This American Life, and the author of the essay collection My Heart Is an Idiot and the story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. His documentary film Medora, about a resilient high-school basketball team in rural Indiana, was released nationwide last year. He divides his time between Los Angeles and his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Impossibly bright stars fill the sky like silver glitter sprayed from a fire hose. And, to our good fortune, we’ve chosen to climb on the night of the summer’s largest meteor shower. Each shooting star is like a Roman candle.
I turned slow circles in the night, raked with chills, unsure which door would open. I thought of bolting off. Then I began to savor the moment, this tiny half-beat interlude before Maggie and I came face to face. It was like being perched at a swing’s highest backward point, waiting to rush the air.