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.]



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.
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?
I like to think “I would still be me,” and I’m sure he would say the same. But would we?


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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