Automobile, Rome, Spring 2006

Akiko Busch

My sister, who is a poet, uses her car as a seasonal office. "In the summer, when it's warm," she tells me, "my car is my moveable office. On the first warm day, I load it up with my books, papers, magazines, pens, ink, journals, and mail. I get lemonade and maybe something to eat, and I drive to a hilltop where the view is panoramic. And just having that view is very expansive. And it makes you feel very expansive. I roll down the windows and I can hear all the sounds. And near the place I park is a meadow, and occasionaly, the cows will all cluster at my car. It's pretty magnificent. There's no other way to look at it."

-- Akiko Busch, Geography of Home: Writings on Where We Live (Princeton, NJ: Princeton Architectural Press, 1999), 86-87.