14 February 2005

The Concept of Experience

Excerpted from Issue 2.

You could also easily say, how pointless – how uncomfortable I was, how much I disliked that person, how rotten I felt; how disappointed I was by what I learned in sex and intoxication, how ashamed of what I revealed. You can suffer hangovers in more shades of misery than the merely physical, and vow never to touch the stuff, or person, again. But somehow the experience seems definitive, for better and for worse. What was learned is not unlearned.

This is an excerpt from n+1 Issue 2: Happiness. To purchase the issue and read the rest of this article, which appears on page 142, go to the n+1 store »


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