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By Ira Livingston

A shift in how we comprehend the area and ourselves, additional displacing the nature/culture divide as soon as so definitive for modernity

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A book is a node in a network of nodes that are themselves networks. It is a variegated network with all kinds of gaps and disconnects and degrees of freedom wired into it, but it could not be a network at all if that were not the case (since if everything were connected perfectly to everything else, it would constitute an adamantine and eternally frozen crystal). indd 40 9/6/05 10:39:02 AM on me aning . 41 between thoughts and muscular actions—that is, all the more so if dreams are the safety valves for noise or excess that the system generates and must continue to dump or be compromised by.

It was the only thing out of place in the room. I imagined the agate sphere wandering across the moving floor, confused by such high drama after its billion sedate years in the middle of the continent, almost too neat an allegory for my life at that moment. As a kid, I guess I just got on a wavelength with agates. Their telltale colors and patterns make them leap out, to the trained eye, from the prevailing black basalts, darkly mottled granites, and dull shales. I catch a glimpse of the translucent red glow around the edges of an agate, like a hand held in front of the sun, and my own hand leaps to it.

The beaches of Long Island struck my eye with a stupefying sameness: all whites and beiges and pastels of plain quartzes and light-colored granites, uniformly rounded by the waves, like a vast crowd of nattering voices, and no one speaking to me. Not content even with so much sameness, the town where I lived had the beaches raked periodically with a giant machine, removing every rock larger than a golf ball. In these mostly white-flight suburbs of New York City, stretched out like the beaches along the north shore of Long Island, the dominance of whites and beiges and pastels seemed to define the people and their houses and clothing no less than the rocks on the beaches.

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