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The Phantom Tollbooth:3

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photo by Guinevere Stearns

“Milo tried very hard to understand all the things he’d been told, and all the things he’d seen, and, as he spoke, one curious thing still bothered him. “Why is it…that quite often even the things which are correct just don’t seem to be right?”

from The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, 1961

The Phantom Tollbooth:2

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photo by Sylvia

“…from here that looks like a bucket of water…but from an ant’s point of view it’s a vast ocean, from an elephant’s just a cool drink, and to a fish, of course, it’s home. So, you see, the way you see things depends a great deal on where you look at them from.”

from The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, 1961

One week of excerpts from The Phantom Tollbooth:1


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photo by Guinevere Stearns

“It seems to me that almost everything is a waste of time… I can’t see the point in learning to solve useless problems, or subtracting turnips from turnips, or knowing where Ethiopia is or how to spell February.” And, since no one bothered to explain otherwise, he regarded the process of seeking knowledge as the greatest waste of time of all.

from The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, 1961

i wonder

la sunset
photo by Wolfgang Stearns

the years roll on,
one in front of the other,
and i wonder
if you still smoke those short cigarettes
and close your eyes gently with the first hit of dark spanish tobacco,
if you paint at an open sea-facing window,
if you drink your coffee sweet and midnight black,
if you ever,
do you ever,
let yourself remember…