After reading "The Fourth State of Matter" written by Joanne Beard about a shooting Iowa University campus, students in The Unthinkable Mind class were asked to imagine themselves somewhere at a specific point in the story and then describe what was going on around them.
This story lasts for just over a minute.
What happens to the ordinary moment is unspooling alongside an extraordinary event? The way the sky looks, the way the river smells, the crowded street we jaywalk; the weight of a certain door, the sound of footsteps in a certain hallway. What happens to all of these things once we know the whole story?
How are we able to imagine this? How are we able to put ourselves in another person’s story? Does this mean a story is also a place?