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Unformatted text preview: sound if appropriate, smell and taste. If the writing leads you to free-associate beyond the sensory description, that’s fine—trust the process and where it leads. I would also like you to consider extending your description to a consideration of where this object may have come from, what its history was prior to your observation of it, and where it might be in five or fifty or a hundred years. Who might own it? Where might it end up? What were its travels and who might have observed your object before you? If it had a consciousness and could tell you about these things, what might you learn? Obviously a cup of coffee has a more fleeting life than, for example, a chair, but if you really think about everything that has come together to produce the coffee (and the cup, the milk, the sugar, etc.), you might find a lot to write about....
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2010 for the course ENGL 71 at San Jose State.