Twenty two years long passed, at the side of Evo/devo-New husband/old friend, we drove through mile upon mile of LA exurbs wondering, bleakly, what path could have led to the edge of this uncivilized universe.
I have been running ever faster, ever since, all just to stay in the same place.
In the beginning I was raised in reactionary New Hampshire (“Live Free Or Die”!), with two stints away for good behavior in Holland and in London. That land has since changed 180-degrees from reactionary, NE-style libertarian Right, to bedroom-community Left. Occasional forays across the river to William Allen White’s “social game preserve that is Vermont” provided formative contrast.
As an adult I inhabited only the BIGGEST of cities, all north of the magnolia curtain including Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia, New York and Montréal; the last, longest and least favorite relocation was westward and down: Los Angeles.
I wash plastic bags and dance around the kitchen to Barachois.
~ from whence, “Red Queen in LA”?
-excerpts from Through The Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll:
“For some minutes Alice stood without speaking, looking out in all directions over the country – and a most curious country it was. ‘I declare it’s marked out just like a large chessboard!’ Alice said at last. ‘It’s a great huge game of chess that’s being played – all over the world – if this is the world at all, you know. Oh, what fun it is! How I wish I was one of them! I wouldn’t mind being a pawn, if only I might join – though of course I should ‘Like’ to be a Queen, best.’
“Alice never could quite make out, in thinking over afterward, how it was that they began: all she remembers is, that they were running hand in hand, and the Queen went so fast that it was all she could do to keep up with her: and still the Queen kept crying ‘Faster! Faster! but Alice felt she could not go faster, though she had not breath left to say so. The most curious part of the thing was, that the trees and the other things round them never changed their places at all: however fast they went, they never seemed to pass anything.”