Nancy Willard Meets Douglas Hofstadter
September 13, 2003 7:51 PM Subscribe
"At the center of the universe is a horribly wounded angel.
It is nothing anyone would call conscious, and is only in the barest, barest sense of the word still alive. If anything resembling awareness remains, that awareness consists of nothing but an infinite field of gridded black and white squares, a test pattern scattered with dancing dots that shift and jump and blur into one another.
This test pattern is useful. "
This piece of fiction, which appears on kuro5hin
, evokes echoes of Douglas Hoftsadter
(Godel, Escher, Bach
) and Nancy Willard (Things Invisible To See
, Sister Water
, and lots of children's books
) simultaneously. [more inside]
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