the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves."--Carl Jung
Ken Recalls a Rehab Romance
I. The first time Ken saw her, they were both engrossed in a pop culture exercise designed to help them free their minds. By tearing the pages of the magazines without a prescribed plan, without envisioning a preconceived product, they were supposed to be able to reveal their true desires and hidden fears. Indeed, Ken felt as though his frontal lobe had exploded, unleashing an ebony flood of primal longing, tossing him into an emotionally charged, flat spin from which he was unable to recover no matter how much he trusted in the laws of arithmetic.
IX. Together they were learning to see the world as plastic, as a many-layered palimpsest anticipating the inevitability of transformation. They began to see themselves as unlimited by the boundaries they had been born into, hoping the complicated tune they played would become harmonious and that they would be able, at least for a while, to set aside the rough-edged corruptions and the predetermining addictions that had miraculously brought them together.