Integrative Seminar/ Week 14 Assignment: Reflection 2

Question: What did you learn about yourself as a writer from one assignment?

Answer: Near the beginning of the year, our class was assigned to read one work by Georges Perec titled: “La Boutique Obscure,” the piece was very whimsical with grammatical drop-offs, word extensions, exaggerations, and fragments all for the purpose of allowing the reader to fully submerge themselves in the fantasy of their minds.

(Excerpt from Memoir and Comparison 1, lines 1-6 ): “Stepping out of the watery, shining mirror; glimmering here and there, before vanishing entirely into the smokey fog of fear- disbelieving that this all actually happened (which I am certain it did). A very confusing time to sort through. I can remember, but sometimes…I would rather not. It is as if a sad, poor reflection of an emaciated soul has been brought back to the tangible dimension. There I was- waiting in this cold, sterile room with filthy tile floors, dusty blue walls, and a gallon of deranged and disturbed persons. Sitting, sobbing next to that one man I remember, but can’t seem to remember the name of- (the shock of detachment innately brewing within me).”

When I decided to take my own spin on this technique of writing in an “I Remember” narrative about my stay in a psychiatric facility; I realized how natural the art of storytelling comes to me. Whilst engaging in a memory- my subconscious takes over and I record exactly as I remember and often poetically. This is why I admired Perec’s work to the extent that I did, because of how much it resonated with my own. The lies of reality are far more honest because, they come not from a pure, unsullied and barren view from afar with dull, calculating details- but are marked with expression, opinion, bias, background, and passion that only the individual can truly feel or experience- and that is what I have taken away. My writings are vividly authentic.

Hello, My name is Megan Taylor, I am a returning student here at Parsons; my major is Fashion Design with a peaking interest in environmentalism and animal welfare; I hope to transform the industry someday...slowly but surely. My wish is to combine luxury and aesthetic appeal with the consciousness of how and where it is made along with the idea of what to do with it after use. I have been following my need to create and share with the world art and fashion since the tender age of eleven years old.

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