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Deep secrets, coastlines and liminal spaces. Great stuff. I like that opening paragraph. And I wonder whether coasts and islands have bred more than their fair share of writers and artists?

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Palimpsest is such a wonderful word, one of my favourites, the way it rolls around the mouth as it emerges. Love that you extended it even further, lol.

I read David Gange’s book earlier this year. I particularly enjoyed those parts where I am familiar with the landscape; although not with the gaze from sea to shore that he describes. It’ll be worth the wait.

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Alexander M Crow

Your description is so vivid I can see, hear and smell that coast. That's how I always picture a coast, though I've never experienced one like that. I live far from any but a lakeshore. I've seen a bit of both Atlantic and Pacific, but not when they were wild and boisterous. And I've visited the relatively tranquil beaches of Hawaii, where the waves rolling in hold an echo of immense power held back for the moment. It's funny how the sea seems to call to everyone, no matter where they were born. Perhaps it's a memory of our earliest beginnings.

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Coastline: I think of salty wind, gritty sand, convoluted cliffsides and windswept cypresses and clinging succulents, filtering silvered sunlight and the frothy roar of the waves. Northern California, where I grew up, in other words.

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