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what i love about these diaries is nomad's ability to participate at the same time as witnessing. this is something i still am a baby at, and is very tricky to master.

the characters have a fictional quality, yet the stories ring too true to be fiction.

the plot is nomad's life, largely described through reactions and reflections to and of the circumstances and characters surrounding him.

this kind of detailed observation can only happen when the writer's ego has found the 'sweet spot' in the mix, just present enough to give continuity to the narrative, yet mysteriously self-effaced in the focus on the quirks and foibles of the crew he's shipped with.

while compassion shines through the seams, there is a wry humour that keeps us observing attentively, we see ourselves and wonder if anyone else sees us with so fine grained a series of lenses.

delicious paradox, when the writer self-reveals through self-effacement!

what comes through most for me in these slices of life is nomad's desire and will to live deliberately.

very inspiring indeed...

more, please!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Jun 19th, 2008 at 02:22:04 AM EST

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