February 7, 2012
Lately I’ve been reading As They Were, a memoir by M.F.K. Fisher. Fisher was a food and travel writer who grew up in Whittier, California in the early 1900s. Perhaps this is merely mark of a good writer, but as I’ve read her memoir, which is older than I am, I’ve felt a connection with her that goes beyond our mutual enthusiasm for food and foreign countries.
In fact, Fisher and I share a third obsession—nostalgia. Here’s what she has to say of it:
“Nostalgia must always be a strange bedfellow, but an increasingly familiar one as we grow past the years of pick-and-choose. In the case of the views of freighter life that follow, it seems natural that they stay together, instead of being slotted in their chronological rhythm. This bunching is not based as much on wistful remembrances as on a realistic look at some disparate happenings at sea that by now are plainly part of my own nostalgic pattern.”