The Formula


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We, I, and an unnamed you, observe an object which is like an associated object, or feeling, or memory of a feeling, or a thing once observed in childhood. This is the first utterance—the baseline of experience.

I will expand on the discussion of the object, invoking an emotion or shades of an emotion, or the impossibility of emotion. I will try to imagine how you might see or experience the same object, though you will, in fact, have made no comment or indication you have any opinion at all. This is the second utterance.

Next will come a complication, perhaps you have made a point with which I don’t agree, or I have stated my case too firmly, or I recall that my perceptions have changed completely from that of a younger self. This complication will open up into a sustained simile, relating either to the object which opened the piece, or to point out the similarity between that object and the ways in which I have compared it to other objects, feelings, or memories thus far.

At some point, you will do something minor into which I will read a great deal or nothing, either of which will be significant. At this point I will suggest, through the statement of seemingly unrelated conclusions, that there has been a realization of some kind.

The last utterance will be left open.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-1
Number of pages1
JournalWestern Humanities Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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