Q: Am I teasing you? A: A parade of confessions: 1. I have begun to think of this as a painting. Matisse says he paints the things he wants to see. By Matisse, I mean Picasso. By Picasso I mean that I do not know what this would look like if I could see it. This will be our definition of loam. 2. I am uncertain whether the things I have stated with such conviction are true. In fact, I have no recollection of writing many of those things. This will be our definition of a river. 3. I have developed an acute sensitivity to earthquakes. I am aware of even the slightest tremor. This may be related to my intimacy with the soil. By the soil, I mean Celandine. By Celandine, I mean the moment when seismology takes a lover. 4. I have begun to think of this as a series of fluctuations. 5. The shortest distance between two people is not a smile. It is Zero. The shortest distance between symmetry and loss is Design. The shortest distance between Design and Zero is a mirror. With all this in mind, we may have a new geography. Q: What is the longest river in the world?
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