Saturday, September 21, 2013

Katherine Heiny "The Absolute Truth Machine" cecile's writers

"The Absolute Truth Machine" by Katherine Heiny begins with an intriguing concept conjured between two friends: to build a machine that records true feelings and thoughts of everyone who exists and to be able to consult with that machine five times during your lifetime.

This part is backstory, though, and we quickly get to current action with the writer asking her mathematician husband what five questions would be.

The concept continues through the story and reappears as a device to channel and sometimes amplify human emotion--grief, confusion, a sense that sometimes unresolved. The diversion works as a tender reminder of human attempts to unify and close off cognitive dissonance.

In the end, the machine becomes more than in idea.

Check out this story.


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