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"Listen to the soundtracks of Giorgio Moroder. Visit the Rubin Museum of Art. Open to any page of The Mariner's Dictionary. Sit in churches that watch over cities. Stand in trains that run under rivers. Swim on the Greek island Ikaria, whose hot springs are among the world's most radioactive waters. Read Virginia Woolf's A Writer's Diary and feel encouraged by the fact that a genius worried about bad reviews. Read Pliny the Elder's Natural History and learn that after lightning strikes, 'the immediate area of the wound is colder than the rest of the body.'"
—Leni Zumas, author of Farewell Navigator (Open City Books, 2008)