Mak­ing Ar­range­ments

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It turns out the first lesson of paint­ing with per­spec­tive is mas­ter­ing an un­der­stand­ing of the ways in which per­spec­tive dis­ap­pears. Some­where in the dis­tance, a col­lege pres­i­dent dreams in ar­chi­tec­ture he can name for the rich. Right up front there’s a boy re­fus­ing to go to the beach now that he’s learned about cre­mains. Some­times, soap in your eyes, you have to reach for the towel bar, you have to pick up ev­ery pear as if you’re a lu­nar rover. It’s too easy to mis­take the an­gels for in­sects, to go through an en­tire sum­mer with­out walk­ing a dog. There’s a de­pend­less­ness to our thoughts, and at some point there’s a mo­ment when we’re sure we un­der­stand the great drift, the sum of all ten­den­cies with a new in­ti­macy, but it al­ways turns out to be less than re­as­sur­ing, to wit­ness life be­ing writ­ten di­rectly into its fi­nal draft. Vic­tory is go­ing to re­quire the imag­i­na­tion. It’s go­ing to have to be con­jured from air. And now that the snow is as ev­ery­where as it will get, and the world has frozen it­self back into place, we can see we have all the tools we’ll ever need. Point to any­thing and name it, it’s not our fault, even if the en­tirety feels un­mis­tak­able from re­spon­si­bil­ity. Ac­cord­ing to the ex­perts, true se­cu­rity will re­quire both one thing you pos­sess

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