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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Tsunami:

A reminder that the world can change in an instant. Remembering the last week of December that Keith and I spent on Karon Beach in Phuket and on Koh Phi Phi, in places that no longer exist.

I had just finished writing a year-end essay, preoccupied with the US election and my own personal rage. Words, pain, even our lives seem very small in the shadow of disaster.

aftermath

"I don't want to express alienation. It isn't what I feel. I'm interested in various kinds of passionate engagement. All my work says, be serious, be passionate, wake up."--Susan Sontag

Okay, finally got my act together and wrote the whole thing. Boxing Day 2004 can be found on DailyKos.

1 comment:

Do said...

i am still shocked from the pictures. it feels like the tsunami hit a part of my heart, too.

my sister is in India right now, but fortunately she changed plans and went to the North instead of heading South. and a close friend of mine is in Thailand right now. but she is safe, she sent an sms on Monday.

yet there are so many. and the pictures get worse every day. it is tragic. as if this year hadn't seen enough horrors.