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this is how neurotic I am

I have an actual journal (as opposed to this livejournal that I've kept pretty regularly for just over two years now.  When the first anniversary of my journal came around, I read through it, picked out what I thought were the most interesting entries and pasted them into another document.  Then I re-wrote them and classified them by topic.

Yesterday, I realized that the second anniversary of this journal had passed, so I went through this whole process again.

A thought about post-modernity:

Man is increasingly aware of his part in some greater drama.  Not a new idea, certainly, but in an age where reality is manufactured for television audiences as easily as bread is baked, individuals are hyper-conscious of the traits that make up their public persona.  And for some, there’s a greater desire than ever to be someone else.

Shannon Johnson told me in ninth grade, entering high school, that this was our moment to define whatever we wanted to be.  I wonder what made him so wise at that age.  I ran into him a couple of years ago when I was passing through Dothan, and he seemed no different than in high school.

Another image that keeps popping up when I think about this idea of “identity” is William S. Burroughs, curled up in some Greenwich Village hovel with a frightened and naked fifteen-year old boy, telling him how to relax, that he doesn’t have to be himself, he can be anybody at that moment.

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