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    Oprah Magazine2/23/2013 min
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    Oprah Magazine
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    • DellwoodBarker
      Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
      2 months ago

      Subtle with a lingering interpretational inspiration at the end. Has just enough trippy quirk to lead one’s processing to go...”wait, there is more here” in hindsight.

      This excerpt intrigued me upon further reflection:

      As my sister watched the footage—every hour, straight through—with our father she saw some things she was not expecting, including Super 8 footage of our father standing in a white-walled lecture hall, in a white suit, delivering a talk on the geological makeup of California. The opening shot established that this had been filmed at the Pasadena University Club, in 1973—the same year he met our mother (who now lived in a spiritualist community in Mexico and barely acknowledged our existence). When my sister asked our father, an actuary who had spent, as far as we knew, his entire adult life in Florida, why he was lecturing on the geological makeup in California he had no memory of the event or what had become of all the facts he apparently used to know about continental accretion and deposition; he didn’t even seem to recognize the person on the screen. I’ve lived a lot of lives—that was his only way of accounting.

      1. Update (3/13/2021):

        The headline for this one is too extreme just to grab attention.