- Mar 26, 2008
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For all that prose narratives can accomplish in terms of accurately reflecting 'reality' one thing I think nearly all if not all narratives fail to represent is a sense of an actual immediate moment, an "empty center" in which freedom can be realized. This isn't as much of an issue in film or in the various webcam/streams that occur, because their representations always unfold in what feels like 'real time.' But I have found that texts are always pinned to the feeling that we are reading something 'of the past' or something that has 'already happened' which gives the impression of predeterminism. Is there any way to escape this predicament? Have you read fiction that makes you believe in the basic freedom of its characters? If so please provide examples.