Finding friends in the USA, said my friend the africanist Dr Ian Berger, is like sifting through sand dunes, but when you find them they are diamonds.
In the most unlikely of places in the USA, the decaying city of Sioux City on the cofluence of south dakota, nebraska and iowa, I had run into Steve Avery, one of the more erudite of all americans, so well read that i struggle to remember all the books he mentions in a conversation. This is a true discourse, as Michel Foucault would describe between friends. I enjoy each and every time I see him.
Neither he nor I are members of FaceBook. he said: isnt it strange that we make a hero out of a person who has managed to make no friends? He was talking about Mark Zuckerberg known to be a loner the founder of FaceBook! Three hours of conversation covered a world that is common to us: literature, religion, politics, philosophy, psychology, american indians, jewish people, sioux city his birthplace and the place he adores and he still lives in.. He is a writer and a proud one at that... I look forward to seeing you again, Steve..