Thomas Shahan, Lilith, 2011.
He Could Be Six Miles In Any Direction
Ink on grid paper, 8.5x24 inches
Today is my father’s seventieth birthday. This is a present for him.
That’s me and him in the middle on top of the dinosaur. When I was younger I asked him what U.S. Marshall Samuel Gerard meant when said that “average footspeed over uneven ground, barring injury, is four miles an hour; that gives us a radius of six miles.” I was confused because I had just learned the term “radius” in school that week and I couldn’t reckon exactly what Gerard meant by this. I asked the guy who always did, and still does, know a little bit about everything and the answer to just about anything. The text in this piece is the gist of his answer as he was explaining to me what Gerard was saying in regards to Kimble.
The dinosaur is for my never-ending love for and fascination with dinosaurs, which he always nurtured in our games together. The four dogs at the dinosaur’s feet are for my dad’s four dogs, Frodo (my dad had him in Cote d’Ivoire before I was born), Casey (got him before I was born and I still have dim memories of him), Harley (my dad, mom and I were with Harley when she died) and Emma (currently standing sentry at my parents’ house).
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