“As the creator intended,” are words of author Henry Miller from the “Topographical,” placed at the beginning of his book Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch. Thanks to Irene at the blog Reflections and Nightmares and for her friend who she had re blogged with the reference to this book. Anyone who follows Detective Harry Bosch almost has to get Miller’s book. Irene, if you read this, please acknowledge with thanks to the blogger who suggested this book.
Miller is alluding to Big Sur, a place I used to visit in the nineteen sixties, mostly by car. It is one of those places in my memory I wish I had spent more time. Not in a car, but on foot. Having not seen it in forty plus years, I wonder what it looks like. How much is left of what Miller writes? “This is the California that men dreamed of years ago, this is the Pacific that Balboa looked out on from the Peak of Darien, this is the face of the earth as the creator intended it to look.”
His words are the face of my memory, even though limited to vantage points of route one’s view stops. I am not for looking through old picture books, whether in hand or in memories. I prefer to live in the present. What are the views I see everyday as the creator intended? Thankfully, I have a lot of them, how about you?