Martyn Burke works in a multitude of worlds, moving between novels, films, and documentaries. He has published six highly acclaimed novels, has recently won the Peabody Award the International Press Academy Auteur Award, and has been nominated for Emmys, Directors Guild, and Writers Guild awards for his feature and television films. He has made award winning television and theatrical documentaries including the Academy Award-short listed Under Fire: Journalists in Combat, and on other topics ranging from traveling carnivals to terrorism.
I remember reading once that the problem with life is that it has to be lived forward, but it could be understood backwards. In the kingdom of the air it was different. Everything was forward. We led lives that made absolutely no sense when you looked at them backwards. And that was their beauty. They only made sense when you were hurtling forward so fast that thought and reflection and understending were ripped loose and spun into the contrails. And most of us had no problem hurtling forward . . ."
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