The Story Behind the Story

DORA! was written because I can’t bicycle to work without listening to something.

It happened one day that I was listening to a recorded course on World War I. There are many interesting things to say about World War I, but what impressed me the most about World War I was how similar this patently unnecessary war of the past was to the wars of my own experience, Vietnam and Iraq. Maybe people would stop coming up with new modern wars if they understood that they were simply replaying the calls to arms of all the unnecessary wars of history. And so I invented Victoria, a gypsy fortune teller who can see the past and the future as a continuous flow, where the same events play themselves out over and over.

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