Ongoing Moments: John Wakefield

Ongoing Moments: A series in which teaching staff and students from the English Department respond to a photograph of their choice. [Read all entries.] [Revisit the “Interrogative” series.]

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Chemistry

your photograph:
the chemistry of remembering
fixed on the card

your child:
the chemistry of remembering
folded in the flesh

—by Brian Holton (a friend and former colleague)

I realize that the genes one passes on to their child only contributes to half of the picture, but if one takes my personality into account, I feel like more than half of my dad.
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John Wakefield.
What ifbeing so similar genetically and temperamentallywe were to switch places? What if we were to grow up in each other’s environment, in each other’s time? Would I be him and he me? Would I be religious and he not? Would he believe humans are causing global warming, and I believe this to be a lie from the left. Would I believe in American exceptionalism? Would he and I still be disgusted with Obama, but for entirely different reasons? Would we each look up to and admire people that we currently loathe?
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I like to think “I would still be me,” and I’m sure he would say the same. But would we?

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john wakefieldJohn Wakefield is Assistant Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature. [Click here to read all entries by John.]

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