I Went to the Woods: Inside the Numbers


By Jeff Lund

Numbers are weird.

The math department down the hall likes to talk about the objectivity and precision of numbers, but in typical English department fashion, I think “Yeah, but what about how they feel”

How numbers feel is completely subjective and personal but provides important meaning to numbers outside of a simple measurement.

Two is a number of miles. An exact, precise distance. But life doesn’t exist in precise distances with no context. Two miles on a freeway can be a blink. Two miles from camp is a story.

Last weekend my buddy Ryan and I ambled down an old logging road being slowly

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