Wind and Will

Paragliding champion Jill Nephew can fly. She does it with fabric, rope, and a remarkable ability to communicate with air.

Eliot Fintushel

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wind and will

IN HER DREAM, the child can fly. It’s simply a trick of the mind, a certain psychological angle of attack. In the most diverse situations, dull or fantastic, she delights in discovering that angle, spreading her arms, and leaping into the sky. Beyond her will, however, is the rapturous dreamscape itself, all-embracing, “alive, full of the beauty of Ugly and the beauty of Dark,” that drips and runs like wet paint if she defiles it with wanting. Waking, she tries to describe that beauty, words fail her, and she begins to cry.

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