The poet J. V. Cunningham once observed that “…gloss demands / A gloss annexed / Till busy hands / Blot out the text…” I do not wish to add gloss to the text below. I will only mention that if you find yourself unable to understand (as I did), it may be helpful to heed the advice in the last block of verse and judge it with your body, not your mind. The work is started here below, but because of its very particular formatting, we recommend that you download the PDF version. -PC
I hear a voice from the podium, "When trying to illustrate a concept with multiple images, relate the background and foreground of your thoughts to the background and foreground of the canvas. Think relative position and relative size." The voice interrupts my thoughts. It is my voice; I am teaching. Yet slowly, the voice fades...
What follows is a novella. Despite it’s appearance of fiction, it is Dr. McGlaughlin's earliest expression of value proposition theory.
I am here, in this water, with four candles and the tools and the books. The water, I hope, will relax my body, if not my conscience. The books are my friends – my only friends. The tools? I have but two: this pen and this razor blade. I am not really sure which to use. Either way you bleed. But writing is harder than living.