Nathaniel Robinson: Civil Twilight2 September - 2 October 2010 < past page
.am i correct that most of your work is generated out of actual experiences rather than brain work?
I think that’s right, although I can’t seem to locate the dividing line between experience and brain work. Things do often begin when I see something that seems suggestive or promising. Sometimes I don’t immediately know why. I also sometimes begin with the realization of a physical possibility.  

.that, the growing discernment, somewhat relates to the title, civil twilight; a term i didn’t know. will you briefly define it?
Civil twilight is a time of day—actually two times of day—just before sunrise and just after sunset. So it is a period of transition from illumination to darkness, or from natural to artificial illumination. Or the reverse.

.might we think of this adjusting or readjusting as being the basis of your sense of humor?

Yes, come to think of it. To boldly oversimplify: If it isn’t funny, it isn’t serious. I seem to spend my time thinking either about cloudy inexpressibles or gutter-level contingencies, skipping the middle part altogether. Occasionally a modest lightning bolt connects them—and who has not been prompted by a lightning bolt to chuckle?

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