On New Jersey

“Better to come to earth in New Jersey than not come at all. Or worse, to come to your senses in some spectral place like Colorado or California, or to remain up in the dubious airs searching for some right place that never existed and never will. Stop searching. Face the earth where you can. Indeed, in its homeliest precincts and turnouts, the state feels as pretentious as Cape Cod once might’ve, and its bustling suburban-with-good-neighbor-industry mix of life makes it the quintessence of the town-and-country spirit. Illusion will never be your adversary here.”  
Richard Ford in The Sportswriter