"You know, they straightened out the Mississippi River in places, to make room for houses and 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."
—Toni Morrison, from “The Site of Memory,” What Moves at the Margin: Selected Nonfiction, ed. Carolyn C. Denard (University Press of Mississippi, 2008)