My E-lit example of lightness is “The Dreamlife of Letters” by Brian Kim Stefans. In this E-lit piece, we are visually shown images of letters, in alphabetical order. Therefore, our first images are ones that start with the letter ‘A.” Different words that start with “A” flit around the screen – they twirl, they swirl, they glide, they float. All these letters, and the ease in which they morph into one word to the next, illustrate a sort of lightness of language, as well as a lightness of thought. The idea that one word can easily transform into another, which can disappear in the blink of an eye to be shifted into something entirely different, illustrates that our thoughts are often not held down by gravity – they are subject to change. There is a definite lack of gravity, or weight, in this e-lit piece.
This E-lit also hints at the idea that letters, or words, alone, are not enough to form a heavy enough weight. You often need more than just a letter or a couple words for the meaning to stick. Often, you need a sentence, a complete thought. Lightness is what is obtained when thoughts are broken up and dissected into their smallest, or lightest, parts. The fact that this E-lit is entitled, “The Dreamlife of Letters,” is fascinating, because dreaming can be seen as a sort of escape from the heavy burdens of everyday life. When you dream, you can feel lighter. The scenes in dreams morph quickly form one thing to another, and they often don’t form coherent thoughts. And the lifespan of a dream is short-lived – it ultimately does not hold much weight, because in a couple hours you wake up and the dream bubble has burst.