Thank you for sharing this wonderful article, and for pointing me to Paul Auster's work. I published a book in 2018 called _Bending Time_ and it was all about this truth that we are each moving through time by always meeting a version of the past shaped by our experiences, and when we meet someone we have no idea of their "fullness", all the experiences that make up their journey through time and space. Even the people we are closest to have lives that we will never know about it. That's the wonder and mystery of all human connection. Your piece and Auster's quotation summed up these key points in very concise and powerful way.