By Carol Bergman
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After generous roadside portions of rice, fried fish with lemon grass and morning glory, we reach My Tho district in • 46 • ADIP int. mech. pgs 1-80 UK 9/5/03 10:29 AM Page 47 Natural Disasters: Vietnam Tien Giang province. It is already late afternoon. Every tree we pass looks dead—mango, guava, longan, banana. The view from Route 1—the country’s national road linking north and south and the only road still standing in the province—resembles a vast sea drowning the fertile promises of the countryside.
I try to read my New York Review of Books. It arrives regularly, though usually six weeks out of date. The contrast between its exquisitely honed intellectual, New York sensibility and the realities of my daily life is a source of fascination and frustration. Its esoteric obscurity often infuriates me: Are these issues that intelligent people should be worrying about? I am strangely drawn to the idea of a space where ideas matter and where writers and readers engage fiercely and passionately. I turn first, as always, to the personal ads, which are full of tall, beautiful, smart, witty, elegant, successful, intelligent women whom I shall never meet.
They looked for bombs slipped on the plane at the beginning of its route in Bangui. One plane had already made an emergency landing in Algiers because of a bomb threat. Flying to Paris, I worried that I’d be blown out of the sky. I didn’t do much at home. It was cold. I slept, wandered shops for clothes, nonperishable foods, tapes, sheets—supplies I couldn’t find in Chad. I wanted to visit friends but didn’t have the energy. I complained to my doctor about my stomach spasms and lethargy. He sent me for X-rays and gave me a standard blood test, but he didn’t find anything abnormal.