Academic journal article TriQuarterly

How William Solomon Invokes Free Will

Academic journal article TriQuarterly

How William Solomon Invokes Free Will

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It's all over. It didn't work. Will never work. All water under the dam. Because, you see, what you said you wanted and what I thought you said you wanted were not the same. Our overalls were: typical blue denim, good for the work at hand. But I couldn't get the wheelbarrow to wheel, which should have been an omen - everything to do with circularity is. There must have been a fault in the geometry or in the earth's foundation. Even a fault corrected changes the geography, affects cement. There is something subversive in the wheel's fixation. Something too intransigent. But you, singing among the vivid greens of tropical plants, voracious orchids, genital-pink flowers, your lunar-moth sleeves, your long hair flowing, had easily turned away once it happened.

Correction: once you told me it had happened. I, fixed on circuitry, was watching for the first cracks to appear. It was too late to fix them, the whole would certainly give way. I felt a little thrill of pleasure contemplating what would be immersed. But did not wish to drown, myself. So, I began my solitary building, hoping there was time before the flood. There was. Diluted salty seas stretch out. The tides are weakened although the sheets are often full of wind: free will. …

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