"I'm headed into the wilderness this morning‑‑going to a lake in between Noatak and Gates of the Arctic reserves called Feniak (autocorrect replaces Feniak with "denial"). We'll be there until August 3rd."
|photo of Toolik Lake by Jake Snow|
Last night, sleeping in a motel in Boise after driving from Seal Rock, Oregon yesterday (what a fantastically varied landscape! I kept saying "beautiful" and then wondered if Peter had ever used the word "schoen" in a text -- bet he hasn't!), I had a long and disconnected dream tied together by subconscious responses to Ben's email and to Peter's "The Great Fall."
In the dream, I mentioned the email to several people, each of whom seemed to have more recent information about Ben. The most disconcerting came from a person who claimed Ben had told her that he was headed to Italy to travel around naked with a donkey. I couldn't complete discount it, especially because Ben has always done exactly what he thought was authentic, including living as a homeless person one year while an undergraduate student. But none of it is authentic, I claimed in the dream. The idea of the donkey in Italy comes straight from St. Francis. And the remote Alaskan lake is straight out of Peter Handke's newest book. Even the words of the sentence "I'm headed into the wilderness this morning" have been spoken for Ben by the language he grew up with.
So although I'm proud of Ben and his work on thermokarsts in a time of global warming, I couldn't authenticate anything in the dream.
I mention this in the context of Michael Roloff's latest comment:
True enough, our "actor" has a screenplay in mind and has mentioned this a number' of times. . . . I think of Handke's great play VOYAGE BY DUGOUT where the world appears,is represented through the reading and discussion of a screenplay that is acted out on stage....
On my reading of the text, there is always a another text between the actor and the world -- a necessary fact given our nature as creatures of language. This was my point about the mass in the church. And I think it's one of the major points of the book as a whole.