My first story of the new year had been “Goodnight, Melancholy” by Xia Jia, which edited history by giving Alan Turing a strangely anachronistic ELIZA-like Christopher to talk to in his later years, but only to frame to frame interesting philosophical questions on the emotional embodiment and connected non-verbal aspects of human communication and cognition. The story jumps between different time lines, to discuss several aspects of it, and has a long list of endnotes which I skipped.

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