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I’ve heard it called “explornography”. I don’t want to do it.

In The Folk of the Air, the great novel about, among other things, Berkeley and the Society for Creative Anachronism, Peter Beagle, in the person of his protagonist, Joe, had this to say:

“No,” he said. “It’s like the trouble I have when I travel. Wherever I go, I always want to spend a life. ANYWHERE–Tashkent, Calabria, East Cicero. I always want to be born there and grow up and know everything about the place and be horribly ignorant and die. I don’t approve of flying visits.”

I wanted to call Eagle Dreams “Flying Visit” They wouldn’t let me, especially as I wanted to put this quote up front. I still might.


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