chapter  5
the intolerable gift: residues and traces of a journey
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In the church of my childhood, after Mass was said, people used to gather in churchyards where they would be treated to a one-to two-hour-Iong verbal visualization of "revelations" as experienced by such prophets as Ezekiel, Elijah, or Jeremiah. The telling of the visions, by the preacher/narrator, was in a way a literal attempt to make visible, through performance, what was fundamentally invisible. This was done without questioning the sanctity of the biblical stories. The visualizations were the vehicles for instruction or delight. Then, when the members of the congregation returned to their respective homes, informal discussions would take place.