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Finding ourselves in -- not out of -- time

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Sarah Manguso has written a memoir called Ongoingness that describes her obsessive recording of her life. She is an old-fashioned woman, the kind that knew very few people were interested in what she saw -- therefore, she saw for herself.

She says she wanted to “stay partly contained in one moment.” She says she hyper-recorded because she wanted to say she was really paying attention. She wanted a defense against waking up and finding out that she had missed something. She wanted to change her relationship to time and find herself in it and not “out of it.”

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