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PresentTension

My best ^zhurnal scribblings about outdoor/athletic experiences seem to be those written in the present tense. Maybe that's because the here-and-now-ness of running (and of other intense physical activities) helps anchor one's consciousness more fully into the moment? It feels parallel to the zennish admonition "Be here now" --- but made real by exertion.

Or perhaps I've just rediscovered a standard literary hack to convey a sense of motion and dynamism. I do remember enjoying Kim Stanley Robinson's The Gold Coast, and Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club, both of which are notable examples of that stylistic genre ...

(see also CaliforniaSherpa (27 May 2000), SoggyJog (29 Apr 2002), NormanstoneTrail (20 Dec 2002), AnacostiaTributaries (28 Jan 2003), EdwardsFolly (13 Apr 2003), PikesPeek2003 (2 May 2003), ForestPrimevalPedestrian (9 May 2003), ...)


TopicRunning - TopicWriting - TopicLiterature - Datetag20030616



(correlates: StaticActors, JamesApplewhite, JogLogFog, ...)