April 19, 2006

The Writing Twilight Zone: The One Word Language

I consider all of my writings works-in-progress. I don't believe it's possible to write something that is perfect, something that cannot be improved upon in some way. However, there are varying degrees away from perfection that one can achieve. If you are very good (better than me), you can be very much relatively close to perfection, whatever that means.

However, what if we simplified the language somewhat.... Would perfection be any easier?

Consider: a language with only one word. Perhaps it is written like this:

THE

Perhaps, given this limitation, we might express the most perfect work of art that can be expressed in that language like this:

THE

It is as perfect as the language allows. Could the work be improved by adapting it to other languages or using images? Probably. But given the limitation of that language, it has the highest percentage of perfection possible.

...though, this could be argued. The work is the most concise way to say the one word that the language makes available, but some would prefer a longer story. Brevity is not always the most masterful technique with which to get a point across (much to my frequent chagrin). Some would prefer the following:

THE THE THE THE THE

Or even:

THE THE THE THE THE THE THE

Which one is more perfect? Is it brevity or style that counts? Oh, the wily whims and subtleties of perfection!

2 comments:

The Poster said...

How about not limiting the language to not just one word, but using THE as every other word?

The writer, the thinker, the philosopher, the tinker. What the fuck? The end.

aaaaaaron said...

The smarter the better.