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April 15, 2001

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moves slower, feels better. maybe it's the negative ions in salt air and water. or maybe there's a mass of energy, a tangle of associations, repressions, and conditioning bound to the mainland which loses its grip the second you step on the ferry and pull away. tourists sometimes ask if the islands are floating. it's not an entirely stupid question. one certainly feels less grounded, and, as the earthquake showed us, solidity is an illusion. the crust of the earth is shifting plates above a molten nickel-iron core and the whole ball of wax is adrift in space, far from any shore. the drift of islands is imperceptible. they seem to stay in place, just as we don't feel any older at the end of even the slowest day.