The Best Description Of Jet Lag…Ever


I’m reading the novel “Pattern Recognition” by William Gibson. Seth Godin recommended it. Loving the book, especially its description of jet lag, which unfortunately I often have to endure:

“Five hours’ New York jet lag and Cayce Pollard wakes in Camden Town to the dire and ever-circling wolves of disrupted circadian rhythm.┬áIt is that flat and spectral non-hour, awash in limbic tides, brainstem stirring fitfully, flashing inappropriate reptilian demands for sex, food, sedation, all of the above, and none really an option now”


“Damien’s theory of jet lag is correct: that her mortal soul is leagues behind her, being reeled in on some ghostly umbilical down the vanished wake of the plane that brought her here…souls can’t move that quickly, are left behind, and must be awaited, upon arrival, like lost luggage.”


“She rolls over, abandoning this pointless parody of sleep. Gropes for her clothes.”

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