Palindromes, Feedback Loops, and Mimetic Desire

Girl, bathing on Bikini, eyeing boy, finds boy eyeing bikini on bathing girl.

Sorensen uses this palindrome to illustrate the mimetic nature of desire. Although that makes me think of René Girard, Sorensen’s reference point is Thomas Nagel’s “Sexual Perversion”. Sorensen writes:

Again, it echoes. He, yet shriller, echoes it back. When back it echoes, shriller yet, he echoes it again.

Now you can “sweep back and forth across the palindrome, adding layer upon layer” — of shrillness. If you can come up with a palindrome that conveys a self-reinforcing structure of desire, let me know.



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