While on a flight from London for his first visit to Vancouver in October 2010, novelist David Mitchell records a description of what he imagines the city to be, “to protect my imaginary Vancouver against reality” [Geist, #80].
“I find a park bench in my imaginary Vancouver, and see a dad throwing a baseball to his son, and my heart vibrates to minor chords.” …
“I think of Douglas Coupland, William Gibson and Wayson Choy, and I think, What a place, and am filled with an intense desire to be twenty-seven again, and buy a house here, and see if I can make fewer mistakes a second time around.”
Mitchell has not, to our knowledge, published a record of his impressions of the Vancouver that he actually found here. And it’s not clear whether, in the above excerpt, he is fantasizing about buying his Vancouver house when he actually was 27 (back in 1996), or whether he would like to be 27 now, and be buying a house at current prices.
[By the way, we recommend David Mitchell's books; he's a truly great writer, with a fine imagination.]