For years, the gifts that children have been encouraged to buy for their fathers have emphasized the dad as a man apart. They are symbols of an adult world that children don’t quite understand—work clothes, alcohol, shaving paraphernalia, cordless drills—representing places that take men away from home, where they can be alone.
Travel is like adultery: one is always tempted to be unfaithful to one’s own country. To have imagination is inevitably to be dissatisfied with where you live. There is in men, as Peter Quennell said, “a centrifugal tendency.” In our wanderlust, we are lovers looking for consummation.
Anatole Broyard (1910–1990), U.S. journalist, reviewer. “Being There,” Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Essays, eds. Robert Pack and Jay Parini, University Press of New England (1989).