Tuesday, June 24, 2008


I was inspired by the nice comments from Mo and Carly to look up this quote that I've been thinking about this whole during this whole moving process.

It's from Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck, in which he chronicles a trip around the country that he took with his poodle, Charley, in 1959-1960. During his journey, he continually talks with people so that he might check the pulse of the nation. At one point he notes:

"I saw in their eyes something I was to see over and over in every part of the nation - a burning desire to go, to move, to get under way, anyplace, away from any Here."

The other quotes that have constantly come to mind are from Vonnegut:

"Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God." (from Cat's Cradle)

"Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of." (from his "Eight Basics of Creative Writing")


At 2:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thoroughly enjoy the quotes and can relate.

on a side note: have you read The Alchemist?


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