Here is a tundra. There is a village. You are on your way and keeping on, but you never get closer to the village. It is said that the art of withholding enables a reader’s discovery. Consider the example of Socrates, how he used to feign ignorance.
Here is a spirit forever approaching infinity. But reality is no obstacle. There are plenty of maps to the center of the world, but all are missing some critical aspect without which no one will be able to find the place, so what can the earnest seeker do but handle them so often that each page becomes transparent, and then lay them on top of one another like bed linens, and continue to dream?
You find the garden but only accidentally, on your way to somewhere else––so you pass through it, having no idea what you are missing.
Adapted from Jared Marcel Pollan’s article, “A Box Built in the Abyss: On two new fictions by László Krasznahorkai” which appears in the most recent issue of ASTRA.
6 thoughts on “Reading Maps”
I wonder how much we do miss on life’s journey?
The good thing is the village at the center is on all maps. Faint, elusive, and right here.
Yes it is. Right here : )
Yes we miss a lot while traveling and in life by not paying attention. When I travel I try to pay attention to things along the route and I look them up, perhaps I do less of that in life.
I hear you, Thomas. I need constant reminders. I assume I miss most of them : )