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Find the Future Lowdown: Part 1

May 22, 2011

Sleep has found me many times since I walked into my apartment Saturday morning around 6am. Despite setting my alarm for 7 this morning, I just kept sleeping and sleeping. J’s away for the weekend, so without my backup I slept some more. Tiko couldn’t take it anymore. He planted himself nose-to-nose and willed me to wake up. I did, only after he front-pawed circles around my face.

To do justice to the night, I need to upload pictures. To upload pictures, I need J, since the camera’s memory card reader and/or the computer’s photo software are showing signs of bugginess this morning. I can’t begrudge card, reader, or computer, since I am also showing signs of bugginess. I’ll wait for J to return; I don’t want to lose all the photos by incorrectly troubleshooting. Plus, on Friday I was asked to choose between Team Patience and Team Fortitude, and I went against character and chose Patience.

SO. Until Parts 2, 3, and possibly 4, I’m left with this: Find the Future tapped my belief in the general graciousness of the human species. Despite the personality traits that necessarily irk others, opinions that necessarily counter others, physical attributes that necessarily distance others, experiences that necessarily alienate others, and choices that necessarily rival others, we all have one thing in common: Pax6. (Well, that’s the idea, anyway. Pax6, scientists believe, is the single gene responsible for the development of human brains and spinal cords and therefore also responsible for Everything Human.) When that one thing is running the show, as it did Friday night, everything feels a little bit more intense than usual. Probably because you feel what everyone else is feeling, so you feel yourself x 500.

The game designers, as well as the NYPL staff—who allowed their collection to be taken over months ago for analysis and setup, and allowed their beloved building to be taken over by 500 brightly burning people overnight—created a scenario in which all those personality traits, opinions, physical attributes, experiences, and choices were turned into connective tissue rather than damaging agents. It’s a little like mob mentality without the negative outcome. If a mob is a group of people, influenced by outside forces, collectively bent on doing something destructive, we were close to that definition. Those influences—the Library’s architecture, the dimmed lights, the night sky through the windows, the epic-movie music, the hourly deadlines, the artifacts—turned us into a group of people collectively bent on doing something constructive.

Details to come!

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  1. Jeanette LeBlanc permalink

    After going back to re-read all of these posts – I had one final comment.
    What does this epic overnight at the New York Public library, Winnie the Pooh, the journal of Malcolm X, Oscar Wilde’s final work and the first novel ever written have to do with your future as a writer and as an emerging social scientist fighting childhood obesity? A lot. I appreciate the way you find meaning in so much and your interests in memory, childhood happiness, and now children’s health. Bravo to you and everyone who loves and promotes libraries!


  2. I like it though, even if it is a bit of a tease. It seems to me that it’s requiring some time for all of us to fully process Friday night. 🙂


  3. Tell me about it—I feel teased by the pictures! 🙂


  4. This is a tease.


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