Review: “Who are we really and how do we change in context?”

Via John

part one: description

In “Who are we really and how do we change in context,” John reflects on his five years spent living in the shadow of Mount Fuji, Japan (likely on Honshu Island) in light of Don DeLillo’s s “Baader Meinhof”—a story about a chance encounter.

“There was an over-arching story/theme to my time in Japan, but I got to the (to date) end point without fully understanding the road ahead, only truly appreciating the path (and side-paths) I took after I was back in the States,” he writes.

John explains that he adapted to the idiosyncrasies of Japanese culture, despite initial misgivings (bear meat seemed to be involved); his resultant belief is that context and environment can alter “how we see things, ourselves, and even how we behave.”

Much as DeLillo’s unnamed characters experienced upon meeting in an art exhibit like a “mortuary chapel” (DeLillo, 2002, p. 78).

Now, John said, “I see the world with different eyes.”

part two: addendum

What a neat-sounding adventure.

As a reader, I’d be keen for John to write more about his time abroad (as context is integral to the story’s theme):

  • Why did he move to Japan? What brought him so near to Mount Fuji?
  • Bear?
  • How did John’s (hypertextual) experience change his outlook? What new mentality or spirit did he bring back to the States?
  • Bear?!
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