stepping into a story

“I know only too well the extent to which maps are magic systems.  I know all about the hocus-pocus of precision instruments and of time.  To put this another way, stepping into a story or constructing a map are much the same thing; and both are like tossing a stone at a window: the cobwebby lines fan out from the point of impact in all directions at once. “

from Oyster by Janette Turner Hospital

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