[nautical term; origin unknown] 1. Bollard: a thick post on a ship or wharf, used for securing ropes and hawsers. 2. Smallest possible port. 3. Juan Valbuena’s favorite word. 4. Books of travels through The Wide Frontier, a territory which coincides approximately with the Mediterranean Sea.
“What is it that makes one attached or interested in something that has nothing to offer? What are the seductions of that void, that ugliness, that tedium under a relentless, magnificent sky? I can reply: the creature. For certain races of men, the creature, when it is beautiful, is a homeland with a thousand capitals. Oran is one of them.”