BRIDESHEAD REVISITED AND OTHER TRAVELS

Charles Ryder notes that Catholics often seem the same as other modern people. Sebastian replies, “My dear Charles, that’s exactly what they’re not … they’ve got an entirely different outlook on life; everything they think important is different from other people. They try and hide it as much as they can, but it comes out all the time.”

THE ROAD MORE-LESS TRAVELED

If anyone’s ever driven north on the 101 from LA to, say, Santa Barbara, you know there’s this one spot where I think it’s the 126 merges in and you go up and around a little rise and the first sign for San Francisco appears and on your left you suddenly see the Pacific. It’s absolutely thrilling, every time.