when i was younger i sat in the back seat of my parents' car and stared out the window. it was mostly trees i saw-- blurs of moldy green and dark brown. but i liked the way the colors swirled together and all the lines of the trunks smeared. so i built a camera in my head to capture each image as the car drove a steady 45 miles an hour. i'd look intensely at the scene, close my eyes for a second and when i opened, tried to remember everything. for the first few seconds i could but, then i couldn't. i'd take another picture and do it all over again. i could never hold on to it. it was my first lesson.