FERNWEH A GOOD TRAVELER HAS NO FIXED PLANS AND IS NOT INTENT ON ARRIVING. ~ LAO TZU
Here Be Dragons
Fernweh is what the Germans call that longing for faraway places, the poetic certainty that things are better elsewhere. For me, there is a superlative degree of geographic desire, a Fernweh even more sublime for those places on the map marked “Here be dragons”.
When the American writer Jack Kerouac tried in 1951 to find the words to convey his wayward journey through the United States and Mexico, he commanded a typewriter and a massive stash of Benzedrine. After a few weeks, the first draft of On the Road was completed. I’m not Jack Kerouac and my poison is Diet Coke and coffee rather than Benzedrine, but here is where I’ve been and where I hope to go.
WW2 LETTERS OF PVT MELVIN JOHNSON
“Heroes are often the most ordinary of men.” This quote, by Henry David Thoreau eloquently epitomizes my grandfather and so many like him that left the familiar behind as ordinary men and women, and sacrificed greatly, sometimes everything on foreign soil to become uncommon heroes. From Utah Beach, to Cherbourg, through hedgerows and mud, through French cities like Laval, La Haye du Puits, Mantes-Gassicourt, and Luneville, the 79th Infantry Division and my grandfather cut a wide swath through France. These are his letters as he fought across France.
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FOLIE À PLUSIEURS
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!
On the Road