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May 28, 2004
Last night I suddenly saw the distance to Venus – the distance from here. Starting at the brilliant, glowing pin-prick in the sunset I suddenly felt space expanding, felt the evening star simultaneously swell and retreat until it wasn’t merely a pin-prick but an entire massive planet reduced to the size of a period on a sheet of paper by the hundreds of thousands of miles and I could, all at once, feel them on some visceral, subconscious level; I saw them stretching from Central Park West out through the cold wastes of space’s vacuum, heard them sing in my head.