_____Knots are bad enough. _____ Route maps. _____ Knitting. _____Chakras. _____ Veins. _____Lines and lines. _____ The lines of Nazra. _____ 'A line is a line is a line' said Malevich. _____'We're not thinking along the same lines.'_____ Crochet. _____Macrame. _____Spaghetti._____Wood grain._____Railways._____Rope.

_____One is less likely to find a knot than to find a kink or aberration of some kind.
_____I can take a pencil and ruler and most carefully draw a line and it may look straight to me but a microscope would reveal many deviations - thicknesses, thinnesses, scratches, minute tears in the paper, small deposits of crushed lead, a smear of grease from my fingers. _____

_____If I were to draw the line of my life it would have many deviations but few knots. _____I dislike knots. _____They present neither a pleasurable challenge nor a picaresque complication. _____They bring only confusion. _____I prefer my existence to occur on a simple xy axis, with scales going up and down but always in a continuous forward movement. _____Knots, of course, are normally the result of a reversal or other directional change. _____I can accommodate to this when given enough time and space to turn around in, but if they come upon me too fast they are unbearable. Knots spoil the texture of the fabric - they must be unravelled or, in the worst case and if there is no help for it, they must be cut out. _____

_____I am fond of the notion of descansos - points along the line of the road where decisions are made; where births and deaths occur (both metaphorical and real); where new roads open up and old ones become waterlogged or sink or become otherwise impassable.
_____But I am also forced to admit that there have been times when I have tried myself to create knots so it would be untruthful for me to say that I am wholly undesirous of them. _____On occasion, I have longed to secure myself to a situation or a person just as a sailor lashes himself to the mast in a storm. _____And there have been times when I have even knowingly stepped into a noose and allowed it to tighten in the hope that it will bring me happiness. _____Who has not done that? _____Who would deny it? _____

_____She used to laugh at me when I talked about the way my life is dominated by lines and connections, but now she no longer laughs at this or anything else. _____And she doesn't answer the phone. _____

_____The edges of things are lines too, of course. _____The edge of the screen, the edge of the door, the edge of the carpet. _____The edge of my skin. _____I have come to understand my skin to be an edge, the surface which marks the boundary between me and the world outside. _____And within that edge is another formed by my skull, a double fence to keep my mind safe.

_____A hypertext. _____I am determined to do it, but where to begin? _____Where to make the first link, and what to link it to? _____Where to cast my line? _____Where to sling the first grapplehook? _____Where to leap? _____Where not to fall?
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