The Howling Owl
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The Howling Owl

Essay

Some Cafés I Have Known

Word association, again

Photo, author’s own. Me, at the window seat, enjoying cake and tea and writing about the odd people, of whom I am the oddest.

I had a hankering for a slice of cake.

Near the end of a paragraph in my book, came the word café. It reminded me of what Virginia Woolf said about words and their power of suggestion. I caught the effect of the word café on my unconscious, and I brought it to consciousness. I examined it; it had a web of associations—tea…

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