The Defeat of Normalization

Is it possible to be so steeped in the environment around you that you no longer notice it? So desensitized that certain elements no longer register? This happens at home, when I become so used to seeing a piece of fruit — a mango for example — sitting on the counter, not yet ripe. The … Continue reading The Defeat of Normalization

Waiting for the Sun

I waited a long time to see the sunrise this morning. I sat atop my car, on the top of a six-floor concrete parking deck in downtown Austin, Texas, braving the 57-degree temperature in jeans and a gray sweater. The metal of the car’s roof felt cold through my jeans, an even more acute sensation … Continue reading Waiting for the Sun