it’s just that i have so much to say about silence.
Don’t talk first, and then think later. Think first, talk later, maybe even way later, maybe think today talk tomorrow. What if you took an hour to get back to everyone on every question? It would be a lot quieter around here that’s for sure, at least for the first hour. I went to the SFMOMA (I know I love any story that starts like that too) there’s this exhibit called like art participation or something in which the whole top floor is relegated to “art” that you add to/subtract from or roll around on a stage with a broom (no joke). There’s these big headphones hanging from the ceiling, no no we’re not talking earbuds people, these are real-life old school headphones that actually did not have to be shoved so far into your ear that they were lodged in your brain in order to hear the latest Boyz II Men. Anyway you need two people for this event. You both put on the headphones and stand about 2 feet from each other and start talking. One set registers no sound so that person instantly feels like a moron, but the other set does a 30 second delayed playback of everything both of you are saying, so that person feels like a moron too only its delayed, let me tell you if there is anything that will cure you of any romantic fantasies you had involving the sound of your own voice its to hear it played back in your ears at a 30 second delay.