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  • I thank Marc Jacobs so much for giving me the
    opportunity to design a shoe for Louis Vuitton,
    but the thing that broke my heart most was
    when they said, 'You're finished. The shoe's finished.'

    Kanye West

    1. They gradually moved farther and farther apart in a kind of continental drift, the victims of forces greater than themselves, casualties of an ineluctable geographic destiny.

    2. Viewed from another planet, it is possible that a ten thousand year ice age seems to appear and disappear like a morning frost. Time is a difficult thing, perhaps because it can only exist in relation to. Any relationship creates its own geometry, gravity, chemistry, but take away the relationship and any reality must be redefined and revised according to new coordinates on the chart.

    3. As the distance between them increased, they became smaller and smaller in each other's eyes, until finally each saw the other disappearing into a point of light that flashed once and then was gone.

    4. There was an unconfirmed report that one of them reappeared as a dot on a television screen in the Midwest one night in the middle of a green storm, but a decision was made not to investigate further, for after all, what could it have been but a signal gone astray, an attenuation, something more abstract and diffuse than that which had gone before.

    5. Inside each of them there was an array of worn out emotions, parked in rows like obsolete aircraft from some other war, resigned to this final resting place of rust, hot wind, red sand, mauve mountains and tumbleweed.

    6. Where once dreams dazzled across sudden morning skies, now there was only the skeletal chattering of the ticker tape machine spewing forth its mindless statistics on into the night, long after the office has closed, the price of wheat in Australia, the price per ton of steel in Switzerland, how many gallons of crude on such and such a tanker.

    7. No one could say exactly where things had gone wrong.

    8. His friends said she had lacked a restraint, had been much too, well, open, clear like lake water. Her friends said that he had an unbecoming tendency to frighten people with his erudition and his endless research into the irrelevant. It was impossible to draw any conclusions.

    9. All we can be sure of as of this writing is that man is penetrating farther and farther into our wilderness areas with his noise, and while the effect of this noise on bears and other wildlife is not yet known, there is a lot of data.

    10, The bureau will issue an impact statement when one is available. In the meantime, official sources will try, whenever possible, to let you know if there is anything that you can do.

    (Photograph by Alex in the 3-D virtual world of Second Life)
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