ATTN: AMERICAN READERS
I wonder if we haven’t, in the last fifteen years, begun the work of turning language into a ritual against loss. When we perform language—as we perform rituals as commonplace as brushing our teeth or looking at photographs of our loved ones—I wonder if we haven’t arrived at a point where language is only valuable to us insofar as it makes good on the tasks we expect it to perform. This is what ritual provides us, after all: a return on our investment.
See you once a month, America.