In a booklet inside the cover of Leonard Cohen’s DVD+CD ‘Songs from the road’, Leon Wieseltier gives a brief essay on Cohen’s European tour (May 2008 – Nov 2009). Entitled ‘The Art of Wandering’, it begins with a line I really love: ‘The road is not a line between places; it is a place between places, a place of its own’.
How do writers create a sense of place in writing about this betweenness? An exciting area to explore, I think.
Lyn – I love this site.
Love the idea of the road as a place between. Conjures sense of presence of the transient being, from the migrating people and creatures to the historical march of before and after being recognised in the now. David Attenborough’s documentary shown on ABC last week looked at prehistoric plant/creatures ‘creeping’ along the ancient seabeds… movement made possible the evolution of the first animals.
Thanks Christina. It’s a reminder to me to be present to the moment rather than rushing from point to point. I like your reference to transience.