“The present for a reader in a fictional narrative is not really the present at all but the past. It is somebody else’s present related to us in the past tense. Though it seems like the present, because it is new to us, it is tensed as the past, in what the French called the preterite, a tense otherwise known as the past perfect or the past historic. We are narrated to in the preterite, but we experience the past tense in the present. But because it is the past tense we know that there is a future present, in relation to which the present of the narrative is past” (Mark Currie, About Time)
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starts not when we’re born &
when we die.
A note I made on my phone when I walked into a room I knew well ten years ago:
If nostalgia is a condition you can die from
Then I am a ghost here
Is this what ghosts are
Short work-in-progress readings performed as part of the Golden Hour Gorilla Tour in Brighton, Bristol and London in November of 2012.