A few days ago the class laughed as we read aloud our past wordy, unclear and deficient writing. Our writing sort of made arguments…but not really. Our work sort of reached conclusions, but not sure conclusions. Our work was, at best, fearful (as Ray says). This got me thinking about the power of our written word versus our spoken word. Is one more legitimate or more permanent than the other? Is spoken word more transitory because it is guided by impulsivity and emotion? And is writing more meaningful because we put our conscious thought into physical form?