My topic demands clarification at the outset, but that clarification itself may seem enigmatic. A Zen master, asked by a disciple ‘Why are we here on earth?’, cackled and replied, ‘We aren’t’. Somewhere in that answer lies the authority of the void. The essay is in five parts, with internal breaks, like printer dingbats, and shifting moods as befits the subject.
How do you represent the unrepresentable? How do you represent what has been drained of meaning, misrepresented to the point of oversaturation, yet under‐appreciated and neglected to the point of absurdity? Is it even futile to attempt such an endeavour … maybe, is it advisable? Perhaps not.
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