Telling dreams

Following the previous post, I was reminded of something else. When people talk about things they’ve dreamt, the narratives tend to be too personal to make much sense to anybody else. All the feeling and points of reference that the narrator remembers from the dream is usually quite difficult to capture in thought and story, and without these, the listeners are left at a loss.

The best telling of dreams I’ve come across is Jesse Reklaw’s Slow Wave. Every week readers send him their dreams from which he picks one to tell. This dream he turns into a four-panel comic strip. His comic strips capture the incoherence and visual magic of dreams quite well. Some of them make sense in a strangely compelling way.

Also, consider how much more willing you are to accept these strange ideas once you’re securely labeled them as ‘dreams’…

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