"There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic."
— Anaïs Nin, Journals of Anaïs Nin Volume 3
The list in our time (“28 Places To See Before You Die,” or else what?) makes its fantastical claim that order exists, that order can be known, that order is known by someone who will describe it to you, that you will be able to make sense of the description: but this is not true.
Based on what she saw last night, I’m surprised she even came downstairs this morning.
The best description by far of what Phillip and Elizabeth had been up to was “paying tribute to the year of the Sino-Soviet Border Conflict.”