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Vacation Message: The Future Library of Norway

Creator Margaret Atwood has collaborated on a venture known as ‘The Future Library of Norway’, the brainchild of artist Katie Paterson. Atwood says, “Once you get an invite like this, you both say, ‘You’re loopy!’, or ‘I’m in’.”

To sum up, this library includes a forest that may develop for 100 years. Yearly a author submits a manuscript, which is sealed in a field. Within the a centesimal 12 months all of the packing containers will likely be opened, sufficient of the forest will likely be lower, and all of the poems, novels, memoirs and screenplays will likely be printed on paper from these bushes, to change into The Future Library of Norway.


In a slipstream second, I puzzled what a bonsai venture like that may be. Or if we’re already doing it.

These of you who’ve learn my first e book, Put up-Dated: The Education of an Irreverent Bonsai Monk might know why that is grippy for me. The e book ends with an try and sum up bonsai, having spent years in Japan as an apprentice. The final line suggests bonsai is ‘a post-dated love letter.’

After all, a author for this future library gained’t be restricted to like letters. The library would possibly comprise admonishments. Lectures. Diatribes. A bonsai library wouldn’t have such vary. Arduous to think about a bonsai being a diatribe to future viewers, and you’ll’t very effectively stuff it in a field for 100 years. However I nonetheless see bonsai as residing hope for the long run. And inside hope is a craving feeling, of being a bit smitten.

Atwood says, “Each act of writing assumes a future reader.”  I believe the identical goes for bonsai. They assume a future viewer. And that could be a hopeful thought.

Blessings to everybody around the globe. Be in contact.



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