The trail crosses a creek, rises steeply, emerges in a parking lot, enters the woods again, finally reaching another parking lot, a mansion nearby. While tourists wait for the opulent house to open, I walk to a spectacular view of the city and Mt. Hood, snowcapped in mid-summer.

Nearby, a group of Japanese boys are chatting with their American guide. "Fuji-san?" I offer. He grins. A potter married to a woman of Japanese descent, we talk of Japan. I him of visiting the poet Gary Snyder in Kyoto. "Is he still alive?" the potter asks. Indeed an era has passed! The Beat Movement as a metaphor for the urban artist, and for particular modes of observation some cells were discovered in the pons whose activity decreased to about half during non-REM sleep and was virtually arrested during REM sleep while the rest of the brain was active and near seizure levels. What did the cells contain? Norepinephrine and serotonin--the amines of the city, the flâneur has become a legendary icon of the architextual aesthetics of the urban novel, a figure who has become the subject of academic papers, and several of its members have recently passed away.

After peanut butter and bottled water
I continue to the Himalayan Trail,
then return to the mansion
where I contemplate vertical buildings,
and the slopes of Mt. Hood suspended
like a cloud in the sky.
Where confronted by a mountain, neuroanatomy must represent a variable physical reality that differs from individual to individual. Thus, human brain map atlases of structure and function require a representation that accounts for variance among individuals. Further, neuroscientists have yet to agree on a standard reference system and nomenclature to define brain location. This again differs from geographical maps, where architecture always comes up short. Buildings are built safe and predictable, usually straight up, while mountains are born in fire. Some mountains, like Mt. Hood, still demand human sacrifice every year.


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