“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.” – J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Maria was in a sense truly born when she first read J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye at the age of 12. Since then, she has tried to understand what it would mean to be a modern-day knight or a “catcher,” and continues to attempt to actually be one. She believes that one of the ways to be a “catcher” is to be a writer––to weave stories in which you catch people by reminding them of the beauty of life and the power of imagination–as–reality. For Maria being a “catcher” also means that one naturally captures and strives to capture the subtlety of the fabric of the universe and the human mind. As a still infant “catcher,” Maria is passionate about pretty much everything, from astrophysics through art to neuroethics, especially keen on the fields of philosophy of mind and science, and of course, adores writing. As a born observer, she loves photography as the proper medium of “catching” and capturing the fleeting yet captivating moments of everyday life.
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