I just found a passage that sums up why stories like David’s are so valuable. It comes at the end of a story told by Ali Smith, The Third Person:
The third person is another pair of eyes. The third person is a presentiment of God. The third person is a way to tell a story. The third person is a revitalisation of the dead.
It’s a theatre of living people…
It’s a box for the endless music that’s there between people, waiting to be played.
Ali Smith The First Person and Other Stories: London, Hamish Hamilton, 2008.
Endless Music, maybe waiting for you to play it. Enjoy looking through David’s – or his protagonists’ eyes! Enjoy Ali Smith’s stories – and all the others – as well; let their ‘presentiments of God’ revitalise a deadened corner of your heart.
And look out this coming week for Tom’s continuation of David’s SciFi story as those Chihuahuas return to Kent!