February 1st, 2006

breaking bad

Total Perspective Vortex

As Douglas Adams said 'Space is really big. You may feel it's a long walk down to the chemist, but that's peanuts to Space'. And time too. Time is Big. What I like best about SF (maybe) is when it stretches your mind to begin to encompass the awful size of space and time. I don't mean by crude metaphors ('If Earth were a peanut, then the nearest star would be a grape in Paris' etc.) they are quite fun but real Art is something that takes your mind with it, and suddenly you fall over the edge and get this impression of stretching and - holy shit - I'm clinging to a tiny rock in space and time. Help.
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