On Stories.

“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.”

– Muriel Rukeyser

“The most important part of the story is the part you don’t know yet.”

– Barbara Kingsolver to Kurt Andersen

The first quote, it transpires, is in my pile of things that I keep to remember. It is also how chapter one of the book I just started reading begins (The Age of Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil). The second quote, I passed on my way to finding the first quote; and is here because it seemed àpropos.


Canada has terrible airport codes that, for the most part, bear no resemblance to the name of the city. YUL? Really?

In any case, I am embarking on an epic voyage in February.

I leave Montréal February 14th, get to Wellington on the 16th (thanks international date line!), spend the 18th and 19th at Webstock, then leave Wellington on the 24th, arriving back in Montréal on.. the 24th. Travel gets weird when you go far.

I imagine there will be some kind of eventfulness and insobriety on the 20th, being that I am not often in New Zealand, and exactly no other reason.