“Compulsing” describes the similarity between speech and obsessive-compulsion. It uses Roland Barthes’s The Pleasure of the Text in order to understand both the compulsive’s desire to destroy her “language,” and the peace that she can find only on the boundary of that destruction.
“On Severalness” examines the multiplicity of the self. It explores how a person's relationships contribute to the birth and death of that person’s individual identities over the course of a lifetime. It integrates Søren Kierkegaard’s The Concept of Anxiety by considering each identity in light of Kierkegaard’s sense of the possibility that precedes the leap into sin, and by reimagining sin as the false appearance of a unified self.
“A Lullaby” explores hope and its connection to solipsism, withdrawal and apathy. It asks how one can engage with the world despite feeling powerless and overwhelmed.