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20 November 2010 @ 09:19 pm
Read, friend, and enter.  
When I read, I sometimes note that I have taken on characteristics of the work. I see things from the perspective of the main character. I consider events in the frame of reference of mathematics, physics, social theory, history, or whatever subject about which I've been reading. For a time after I read, I amI enjoy conversation, don't misunderstand, but a spoken word wouldn't cut it. I am enriched by dialogue, but I am enlarged by prose. shaped by the material, powerfully turned by it.

I feel at times that something in me awaits the right text, the key phrase to open up something locked away, hidden from my conscious mind. Pardon the computer parlance, but it is as though I'm sitting at the password prompt to an su - command. Enter the password, and I will gain access to the root filesystem of... who knows? Myself? Insight into humankind? The world? Reality itself, muah ha ha?

I wonder if my text has been written. If it exists at all.
 
 
 
Ace Lightning: brainacelightning on November 21st, 2010 08:01 am (UTC)
i, too, find myself waiting for the phrase, the word, the experience, the "click", that will unlock the mental expansion that i need. the temptation to push for this, to actively seek it out, is very strong... but i know that the harder i push, the less likely i am to ever get there.

it would be nice to think that you've got my trigger phrase, and/or i've got yours...
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on November 21st, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
That's a nice thought. I keep hoping if I read enough, I'll come across my phrase, but what are the odds it will be in a random book?
Ace Lightning: books01acelightning on November 22nd, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
i think both of us read far more than "enough". but the chance of the right phrase turning up is completely unpredictable; moreover, actively searching for it will make it even harder to find.

meanwhile, R. and i went to a memorial service yesterday for a former Protean, led by his Priestess. at one point she had us, one at a time, select one rune from the departed's bag of runestones. R. and i both got the same rune: Isa, "ice", meaning "no movement is possible at this time, don't even try because it would make things worse; all you can do is wait until the ice melts, so just let things lie fallow in your subconscious until it's time." gaah.
rickvsrickvs on November 21st, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
Klaatu barada nikto.

Ftumch.

...anything?
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on November 21st, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
Rwar! Mighty Trav awakens! Doom comes! Prepare, mortals!

(cough) Wait, no. Nevermind.
rickvsrickvs on November 21st, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
I was fully expecting Sinistar's "I ...live."