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The Best Meal I've Ever Had

TPB1988's picture

    After reading Neil Gaiman's A Game of You and Alice in Wonderland I can't stop thinking about my dreams. In Gaiman's graphic novel Barbie states that the food she ate in her dream was much better than any other meal she has ever had and asks how that is possible. It might seem crazy but in a world filled with fantasy, her statement made a lot of sense. Similar to Alice and Barbie, my dreams sometimes can feel more real than reality itself. I have had dreams that result in tears, or dreams that result in waking up in a cold sweat from fear of drowning. Is it really so odd that Barbie can taste a meal in her dreams? I don't think so. Some of my best meals have been in my dreams as well. Something that does worry me is when the line between dreams and reality becomes too blurred. When dreams seem so real that overtime one forgets it was a memory and they simply becomes a part of your past, how do we keep track of what is actually happening? It is possible that some of my childhood memories are only intricate dreams that have allowed themselves to become a part of my life? Can dreams escape from our thoughts? If so, what becomes of them? Do they walk the streets of New York like Martin  Tenbones? This reminds me of a movie  called MonkeyBone  where a man's dream escapes dream land and takes his place in real life. It seems insane but when I was reading A Game of You it does not seem extremely farfetched and fantasy. I could see my dreams getting out of control on me too.

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TPB1988's picture

I read some of it but not all

I read some of it but not all of it. Should I read it again?

Shayna S's picture

Yes

 Yes. It is basically an interesting analysis of A Game of You.

Shayna S's picture

"What has actually happened?"

...how do we keep track of what is actually happening?

Your question reminds me of 1984. It reminds me of the term memory holeof Winston's job of destroying documents, and of the censorship theme throughout the book. I can't help but think of the power our perceived pasts have over our thoughts about the present and the future.  This line of thought leads me to the "RiP: A Remix Manifesto" documentary, in which we were told that the past tries to control the future. 

On another note, have you read the introductory essay in A Game of You?

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