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This passage is from a short story, Inexorable, I’m working on for the 2013 Island Literary Awards. Stan — our hero? — is obsessed with recording how long it takes him to drive home every night. Why? You’ll have to read the story to find out.
“Stan was fascinated with the spreadsheet. Loved to watch it compound from day to day, month to month. Loved to trace the arcing progression of the data sets plotted against the x-axis chronology of his life. The geometry would grow tighter and tighter with each passing month, constrained by the finite size of the screen upon which he was able to view the entire graph at once. But the hidden essence of the data, the unyielding, undulating rhythm of what? — truth? Truth? — maintained its fluid, elaborate arabesque regardless of constraint.”