I. a. In 1909, Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud were invited to speak at a conference in Massachusetts. They traveled by boat from England to the United States. For most of their seven weeks on the cobalt sea, Jung and Freud wore good tweed, smoked cigars, and spent afternoons and evenings discussing their dreams. Thus began the disintegration of this legendary friendship. b. Young woman, long blonde hair, speaking into cell phone, Fort Greene, Brooklyn: “I’m not vapid. I am not empty.” c. Birthday dinner: • Orecchiette • Parmesan, pine nuts (non-allergenic kind) • White beans, arugula • Olives, walnuts • Fresh bread, goat cheese d. There are two climates in the state of Florida: subtropical (north and central) and tropical (south). There are five seasons in the state of Florida: archery season (July 28-August 26), crossbow season (July 28-August 26), muzzleloading gun season (September 1-September 14), general gun season (September 15-October 14, November 17-January 6), and sinkhole season (February-July). Sinkholes often occur naturally, though are sometimes caused by abrupt shifts in hydrostatic pressure caused by the rapid depletion of aquifers and soil. Effects of a sinkhole include but are not limited to: disappearance of land; disappearance of lakes and ponds; disappearance of structures; disappearance of people. e. We were on vacation with family in an old weatherbeaten house by the water. An enormous technicolor bird with four legs came down from the sky. It begged my affection. I was afraid at first but eventually warmed to him.
II. a. 2007: I went to Buenos Aires. I thought about writing. Most of my time was spent walking around trying to find a starting point, some scene that would distill the character and temperature and condition of not only Argentina but all of South America. The elections were fast approaching, the unions were fired up, people were actually dying. The jacaranda trees blooming all around Marxist protestors in the Plaza de Mayo. I saw a skinhead with a swastika sewn on the breast pocket of his jean jacket, and he was holding the hand of a brownskinned woman, and she was holding a baby. The museums were free so I went often. One afternoon, an elderly man requested that I escort him through the galleries, so I did. I drank lots of espresso, whiskey, Cuban rum, and cheap beer. You can drink on the street there, no problem. I ate fresh pasta and fruit and fava beans. A Bolivian woman sat on an orange crate and shucked the beans right on the corner of a major intersection. It cost less if you bought a bag of whole unshucked favas and did the hard work yourself. b. Man singing on 6 train between Fulton Street and Union Square, Sunday morning, 9:32 a.m.: “Be careful little eyes what you see / Be careful little eyes what you see / There’s a father up above / And he’s looking down with love so / Men don’t you look at women’s butts!” c. Places to Go When We Have More Money: An Abbreviated List • The Center for Land Use Interpretation — Texas, New York, California, New Mexico • Elsewhere — Greensboro, North Carolina • The Museum of Jurassic Technology — Los Angeles, California • The Institute for Figuring — Los Angeles, California • Fayette, Michigan • Hancock, Michigan • St. Elmo, Colorado • Chaco Canyon, New Mexico • Bodie, California • Freud Dream Museum — Vienna, Austria • The Velaslavasay Panorama — Hollywood, California • Mutter Museum — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • Glore Psychiatric Museum — St. Joseph, Montana • UFO Museum & Research Center — Roswell, New Mexico d. The 5 Fears • Fear of death • Fear of illness • Fear of losing your mind • Fear of losing your livelihood • Fear of public speaking e. I slept on pillows fashioned in the shape and likeness of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Side by side, facing one another.
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