Which is to say that, whatever happens, good or bad, cause for rejoicing or lament, “the world will still be round.”
– Gary Jennings in The Journeyer
It wasn’t too long ago that Vientiane laid down its silken fabrics along the Riverbank.
Later, folks would sell these and other wares under moon- and floodlight. Real and fake sandalwood prayer beads would be presented alongside the pa-biang/ຜ້າບ່ຽງ scarves, laid out from left to right, overlapping, like a textiled rainbow.