Time lapse videos–sun rising then setting, flowers opening then closing, creatures breathing then dying–have always made me a little queasy. These clips bypass the beauty of adaptation, make transformation seem quick and consumable. I know that these clips are supposed to brew in me a deeper sense of wonder at the transitory nature of this world, of our own bodies, but I end up feeling exposed. Isn’t adaptation, despite its ubiquity, still mysterious and deserving of deep examination?
Our writers in this fourth issue shed light on the mystery of adaptation, how we and our world can shift, bend, and grow. The tunnels through which they find meaning are intricate and varied.
We all know that adaptation, despite what time lapse videos would lead us to believe, is hardly ever easy. Our writers explore that tension through this issue because, to steal a line from Jack Zhang’s The Last of the Idle Summers, “life’s all about getting used to discomfort.”
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