Sitting on that see-saw between science(of fiction) and fiction(of science), switching gears, switching frames. It not only feels good, it feels right:
i. Make up (verb): to invent, to create.
ii. Make up (verb): to embellish, to enhance.
iii. Make up (verb): to reconcile, put together again, to re-member.
iv. Make-up (noun): components, elements, constituents
To learn is to make up…?
I think of the language games young children so delight in when learning to read and write. The type we find cute for a time, then decide to talk such nonsense out of them, so they learn to do it right. Pity. It is precisely this type of play that is characteristic of one of my favourite writers. She makes up. And I, now adult – head full of jargon I’m constantly questioning – listen, admire and learn:
i want to live without words
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