. The essays are a blend of conventional narrative, lyrical imagery, with insights like, aphorism “The aphorism is a form of eternity, ” said Nietzsche, and language, "A voice begins with the thought that must be set apart from a body. Butler's collection has a true magic of its own, at times both brutal and gorgeous, but always coming back to an empathy of spirit and intelligence far beyond Butler's years.
Ashley butler was born and raised in Virginia. The candid narrative evolves into a stunning, abstract deconstruction of time and space, wind farms and tunnels, "Why are we here?" Among the subjects she touches on: the fastest man on earth, piloting the reader precariously close to the unanswered question, and the anechoic without echo chamber at Harvard University.
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