A beautiful way to remind us that all may not be as it seems. Oddly hinged is more interested than ‘unhinged’ as it allows some latency for the unexpected, some room for the numinous to astound us, or for us to astound ourselves, some space to be more tentative in our assumptions.

If your work entails reading books, papers or reports by rigorously reasoning professionals, consultants or academics, keep this image in mind, a whispering voice from the quirkiness of the world.  Similarly, if you write such lucubrations.

‘What they saw that January day, we now know, was not the sun but only a solar mirage – the sun was still five degrees below the horizon, its rays bent towards them by a refractive condition in the atmosphere. Such images, now called Novaya Zemlya images, are common in the Arctic.  They serve as a caution against precise descripton and expectation, a reminder that the universe is oddly hinged.’

See also the bestellar review of this wise, enlightening book, complete with a mosaic of illustrated quotations and metaphors, and some fine Eskimo words.


Source: Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams (London: Picador, 1987), p. 24

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