The Wall Outside Graceland
It is possible, he believes, to make a complete portrait of the world if one could successfully excavate the surface. He thinks to say "surface" because the depth of its layers is only as thick as the successive generations of graphite and ink used to write on it.
He is sure there are many people, himself included, who attempt to put their names where they will be able to find them again upon returning years later. Four marriages in twenty-three years, four trips to the wall, and he can find none of the hearts he inscribed there, hearts enclosing initials joined by unimpeachable plus signs.