HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

November 12, 2007
From the Editor

John Turner


Encased as I am by central Florida, I find myself with less and less to say about anything. I'm not sure whether that's simply a product of recent dislocation or whether, if I stayed here permanently, my mind would subside into perfect quiescence. I won't get a chance to find out, though, because I'm vamoosing from here, probably before I write to you again.

I did, during the past week, go to Sanibel Island, southwest of Ft. Myers, and there took some photographs, which I'll attach to a bit of prose about the experience and post on my personal web site -- wordandimageofvermont.com -- probably by Wednesday of this week. Sanibel is definitely wealthy world, so if the proclivities of the rich fascinate you, check out my little piece.

I am now living in the midst of a wild cat preserve. These animals are generally thought to be of a domestic variety, but hundreds of them here are born without human oversight and thereafter roam free, snatching food from various backyards. It's is no longer accurate to call them tame. Whenever anyone approaches them they dash away like crazy. Maybe I should do a photographic essay about them too.

A few days ago, a relative gave us two huge steaks from her freezer. Last night when I tried to eat one of them, I discovered that a delicacy which once would have filled me with delight is now troublesome when I try to put it in my mouth. I hadn't had a steak in years, and over that time have read so many accounts of what red meat does to human insides that I couldn't eat much of it. Whether this is intelligent progress or creeping effeteness I can't be sure.

I must cut this short today and zip away to Wauchula in order to send it on its way to you from the Java Café, the only readily available wireless site I have found in the region. In downtown Ft. Myers on Saturday, I looked for one up and down the main streets, to no avail. The Java Café, by the way, is a pleasant eatery with coffee which contravenes my suggestion from last week that no good coffee can be found in this area. If you're ever in Wauchula -- which probably you never will be -- check it out.


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