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The Transformation into Text
D.K.: But when you get these pictures from outer space (
he holdsup two NASA photos. A globe is also sitting on the floor inthe middle of their small circle
) you suddenly notice that theearth seems to be alive. . . . I mean, I’m not sure what Imean by “alive” . . .Brad: The earth is alive.D.K.: Well look at it – if you look at this picture, and if you look atthat picture up there, you definitely get the sense that there’ssomething sort of . . .Anna: Living. Alive. Moving.D.K.: . . .
about it, isn’t there? And so – Alan: And it’s floating up in space . . . and going down all the waythrough space with . . . with kinda rocket shoes . . . or that’salso invisible . . . or that also’s a head with two eyes and asmile.D.K.: Well what I wanted to ask you about was where . . . whatabout the origins of this thing that we live on – where does itcome from?