so Leibniz is the source of Deleuze’s unflappable Candidean affirmation that once one dismisses the rest of all possible worlds (& one really ought to), one finds that this is the best, & c. / the tyranny of service done by distance

God has chosen the world that is the most perfect, that is to say, the one that is at the same time the simplest in hypothesis and the richest in phenomena.

– Leibniz, quoted in Neal Stephenson’s The Confusion, p. 646

Standing on a ship in Japan, I am closer to London than ever I was standing on the banks of the Thames as a mud-lark boy.

– Ibid., p. 682