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Uneven Math

by Sarah Glady


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Sarah Glady holds an MA in postcolonial literature from Arizona State University. She lives, writes, hikes, and teaches in Phoenix, Arizona. Her recent work can be found in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, PANK, and Cartridge Lit.

What more can you tell us about “Uneven Math”?

It was far harder to find and create interesting letter statistics than it was to pick number ones. I fell down the rabbit hole of the BBC, several old textbooks, and Netflix nature documentaries for my numbers, but when I was faced with creating meaningful and symbol-based facts for the speaker’s best friend, I quickly ran out of acronyms and airport codes and had to start digging for other approaches to letters. I got very frustrated half-way through and started researching famous triptychs. My favorite was Francis Bacon’s 1969 triptych Three Studies of Lucian Freud.

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