Andrea Jackson (1970 - )

Ms. Jackson used to write wills for a living. ''With standardized clauses and word processing,'' she says, ''it is possible to compile a very long document containing language that nobody ever reads, including the draftsperson, the typist, the client and, later, the probate judge. This raises philosophical questions, such as: 'If a word is never read, does it convey meaning? If not, is it truly a word? Or is it something else, perhaps the inaudible scream of the paper on which it is printed, made from a tree that was felled in the forest, whose flesh might have been better left to decay on the forest floor, producing mulch for the next generation of saplings?'''

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