Superposition: a Lexicon game
Exile places one at an oblique angle to one’s new world and makes every emigrant, willy-nilly, into an anthropologist and relativist; for to have a deep experience of two cultures is to know that no culture is absolute—it is to discover that even the most interstitial and seemingly natural aspects of our identities and social reality are constructed rather than given and that they could be arranged, shaped, articulated in quite another way.
Eva Hoffman, “The New Nomads” (1998)
Another quote from my meanderings through the Library of Jimmy Wales. Despite my frequency at the Dreaming Twelve, I still find the all pervasive Interface bewildering. Perhaps I notice it more when reading because a book normally has such a demanding presence. It’s a wonder they don’t more closely replicate the experience like they do with conversation.