on the essay

“This is an impossible communication: but that’s the only kind we want.”

“The Voyager Golden Record is the furthest edge of longing.”

“This is not a desperate experiment, or an essay ‘about’ desperation. It is in no way ‘loose’—we are simply looking for ‘the one.’”

“An essay is a kind of powerlessness. The record runs out of juice out of the range of the artists’ control.”

“Because some readers, you know, will hear anything: an essay is an attempt to survive itself.”

[April Freely, on the essay and the Voyager Golden Record]


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