out of Denmark

04/17/09 09:37

Isak Dinesen was born on this day in 1885 in Rungsted, Denmark. "I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills," she wrote at the beginning of her travel classic Out of Africa.

My favorite quote of Dinesen's I read not in a book but on a T-shirt. I was in Bonaire, having breakfast at a place full of divers. (Which in Bonaire could have been any place.) A young man walked by with a plate of eggs and as he passed I made out the writing on his back: "The cure for anything is salt water - tears, sweat or the sea - Isak Dinesen." You never know where you're going to find literature. I not only put the quote in my story, I used part of it as my title: "The Cure for Anything."

By Thomas Swick • Category: writers

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