“You know, they straightened out the Mississippi River in places to make room for houses & livable acreage. Occasionally the river floods these places. ‘Floods’ is the word they use, but in fact it is not flooding; it is remembering. Remembering where it used to be. All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was. Writers are like that…. Like water, I remember where I was before I was straightened out.”

Toni Morrison, “The Site of Memory”