Jacob Lawrence, "Life, Death, and Resurrection" (1955)
Jacob Lawrence, Life, Death, and Resurrection (1955)
Can a Game Be Literature?

Mark's Pages

June 7, 2010:

There's an unmistakable dividing line. Before, during, after.

The writing matures suddenly. Before: prolix, unfocussed, lacking structure, form, or focus. During: turmoil, contradiction, conflict. After: clarity.

It's not true that "He became himself through that experience." You never stop becoming yourself. It would be reasonable to say, "He stopped being the things he wasn't."