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November 11, 2020
Letters #47:
Clichés, and I think about how they tightly wrap up meaning for transmission. The point of denial has passed: a grammatical sentence, yet it sounds unnatural. Or rather, it sounds unclear, as if the message is lost or muddled. Imparting clarity is the power of clichés. Hearing ‘the point of denial has passed’, what we try to hear is ‘past the point of denial’. There are too many questions when we invert the sentence: Who is denying what? Where are we? How did we get here? Clichés, because we have been here before, dull the instinct to question.