Dog Days

If you look at a dog following the advice of his nose, he traverses a patch of land in a completely unplottable manner. And he invariably finds what hes looking for. I think that, as Ive always had dogs, Ive learned from them how to do this. And so you then have a small amount of material, and you accumulate things, and it grows; one thing takes you to another, and you make something out of these haphazardly assembled materials. And, as they have been assembled in this random fashion, you have to strain your imagination in order to create a connection between the two things. If you look for things that are like the things that you have looked for before, then, obviously, theyll connect up. But theyll only connect up in an obvious sort of way, which actually isnt, in terms of writing something new, very productive. So you have to take heterogeneous materials in order to get your mind to do something that it hasnt done before.
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W.G. Sebald
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What am I doing these days? Just sniffing around