Weaving chaos into stories

Jim Esch
3 min readNov 5, 2021

A number of years ago on New Year’s Eve, I found a piece of paper lodged under the front tire of my car. The laser-printed copy was set in Times New Roman, 12 point. It was unsigned. This is what it said:

The world comes at you in sprays of time and space. Globs of objects present themselves to your senses — pin cushions, tapestries, picture frames, guitar strings, light bulbs, pieces of thread, coloring books, garlic bread slices, jimmies, lint balls, cat vomit, snowballs, packing peanuts, grass clippings, ripped magazine pages, drum keys, steel wool pads, faces, eye glasses…

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