Attachment Part A
Attachment Part B
Attachment Part C
Attachment Part D
Attachment Part E
Attachment Part F
Attachment Part G


~ by Paul Pham on 21 February 2007.

3 Responses to “attachment”

  1. interesting post.

    I liked it.

  2. On second reading, this piece was more rushed than I thought, and I omitted lots of details that would have made my point clear. Normally I don’t believe in revising things I’ve written, especially if others have already read them. It messes with versioning. But in this case, even if I wanted to, I can’t really edit the words in the images.

    As a one-time experiment, I can forgive the handwriting mistakes: I’m still developing a handwriting distinct from 3rd grade cursive. I won’t continue posting images of words simply because I returned the fountain pen, writing and scanning are too time-consuming, and they don’t show up well in RSS feeds. I could always retype the text into the alt attributes, but bleh…

    The Gollum joke doesn’t really belong at the end of the first paragraph and breaks up the narrative. I lifted the premise from the inestimable Will “Odysseus” Buford, who observed that as the hero of Lord of the Rings, Frodo’s only superpower is that he is too simple to be (easily) corrupted by the Ring. I lifted the joke from Raagle McDaagle, told during our junior year in Cambridge.

    The fifth paragraph is too long and lacks details because I cut out the illustrating examples, which originally expanded this part into three separate paragraphs. This was due to both laziness and wanting to shorten the essay.

    In the last paragraph, I did not emphasize enough the contrast between how three characters deal with attachment. Gollum chooses self-murder. Frodo eventually lets go of his mortal existence in Middle Earth and transcends to the timeless halls of Valinor/Nirvana. The author, myself, return the fountain pen so I can buy Luxeon LEDs. Lighting the dark future is becoming an old joke, and it doesn’t really make sense anyway. Successive generations would naturally have better lighting technology.

  3. Why would you want to light the future? We must struggle to make the future more dark!

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