Eric Pankey What Is the Purpose of Your Visit

To attend an uncle’s funeral. To enter the precinct of the sacred. To have a boil lanced. To return an overdue library book. To track the Nile back to its source. To turn myself in. To seek asylum. To take monastic vows. To party. To destabilize the government. To see Paris in springtime. To escape a bad marriage. To claim lottery winnings. To take hostages. To negotiate the release of hostages. To restore a fresco. To catch a glimpse of the coronation. To evangelize. To see again Turner’s “Rough Sea with Wreckage.” To cut down a paratrooper caught in the highest branches. To donate a kidney. To experience firsthand a state of emergency. To use frequent flyer miles before they expire.

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