Spoken in a rapid, midwestern Canadian accent by Mike Spenser Bown in an interview I heard this morning on CBC’s The Current. And many wonderful turns of phrase describing his experiences backpacking around the world for the past twenty-three years. Some of my favorites:
Speaking with Papua New Guinea in mind as an example: “There’s a certain number of people, that’s perhaps ten percent, who are the rascals who create all the trouble. But the other people are really, really friendly, and if you can tell the difference between one and the other, and stay reasonably cautious, you can travel almost anywhere in the world.”
About riding out a typhoon in a Chinese junk, seeing phosphorescence: “There were all these beautiful swirly lines in the giant waves that were coming to crush you.” Can this be a heartening metaphor for life, the possible joys within stress?
“I can lift everything I own on my little finger.”
I look forward to the book he’s planning to write, especially now that I can hear his manner of speaking in my mind.
Here’s the interview with Mike Spenser Bown. http://www.cbc.ca/player/AudioMobile/The%2BCurrent/ID/2419763247/