D Earwig Leaf,
Remember about six months ago? We had that discussion about the value of reverse causation? I concluded a killer argument saying it would be interesting to rewrite Anna Karenina note for note but — recall? — starting with the final paragraph and working backwards a paragraph at a time. I insisted, insisted, insisted it would, if not exactly reveal some fresh insight, at least prompt some unique thought, and at the very minimum it would still make a good story.
Do you remember you saying it would take absolutely ages to rewrite Anna Karenina like that, and it would only end up being a complete waste of time? You said that, for starters, the train station scene would be downright bizarre at best. You finished your beer and told me if I had any sense I'd spend my time a little more wisely, and you went to bed and left me on the porch alone, with the end of a bag of coke and the old typewriter.
Six months later, turns out you were right. Nothing to show for it bar an aversion to typewriters. Lesson learned, eh?
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