Reflections
Edited by: Konstantinos Doxiadis

Every story is a mirror, but the image on the glass is different for every reader. Reflections aims to explore this multiplicity of interpretation in narrative, taking as its foundation common myths, folk-tales and narrative tropes. The thesis that drives the column is that fiction and reality and best distinguished in the language of intent. In other words, in the identification of an aesthetic structure in fiction (driven by authorial intent), and the inherent unpredictability and chaos of reality.

Contributors to the column will be tasked with two challenges. Firstly, they will have to identify a narrative core in the story of their choice. Once this has been accomplished (be it in the form of a character, relationship between characters, or sequence of events), the writer will need to compose the same story again, but this time amplifying the features that stood out to him; re-composing his own 'reflection' if you will.

The choice of myths and folk-tales as a foundation is meant to facilitate the process of identification on the part of the contributor as well as the reader. The rigid constraints, the polishing of the substantive elements of the story over many generations, and the often superficial moral lessons are rife for manipulation.

As with dancers, the movements of each author (i.e., their manipulations of pre-existing content) can be more impactful than any static position they occupy (i.e., the content itself, detached from context).