…noise pollution is, in a very real way, an environmental catastrophe.
George Prochnik, In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise (2010)
Some folks spend their whole lives trying to keep it,
They carry it with them every step that they take.
Till some day they just cut it loose
Cut it loose or let it drag ‘em down,
Where no one asks any questions,
or looks too long in your face,
In the darkness on the edge of town.
Bruce Springsteen, Darkness at the edge of town, 1978
Dizin, Elbrus Mountains, Iran 1977
When we talk of going skiing, we think of charming little villages in the Alps or perhaps the Rockies.I learned how to ski in Iran when I was 15. Dizin was itttle village in the Elbrus Mountains with quaint little chalets. It could have been anyplace in the European Alps. I spent about 2 1/2 years there (not in the mountains skiing, but in Tehran) with my parents at a time when Iran was a fascinating country with amazing nature and open to the western world.