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Dyeing, Cutting, Stretching
Like shaping clay into pottery, twisting fibers into thread, preserving food, smelting copper or iron, or carving bone and wood, dyeing is so ancient an art that nobody will ever know the name of the first person to express curiosity when a scarlet residue accidentally transferred to her hands from some lichens, or who noticed how crushed pomegranate rind imprinted her drab tunic with jazzy red-orange designs.
Mistaking Jackson, Tennessee for Jackson, Mississippi, I find myself having gone 100 miles out of my way. Still, I learn that Jackson, Tennessee is Carl Perkins's birthplace. And when I get into Memphis the check engine light in my car has been on for 50 miles.