And we're slipping off the course that we prepared
But in all chaos, there is calculation
She’s using the idiom about life that comes from falling off a map during sailing or a nature hike. It’s about teenage epiphany, her imagining herself as a Roman gladiator, famous in her own mind and living for fame beyond her years. It’s about celebrity as death, and reverse snobbery as death. Paths of glory lead but to the grave either way on the see-saw, hon! See-saw karmic energy balance? Thermodynamics!
More importantly, this is one of those lines that make music critics say “SHE’S SO WISE BEYOND HER YEARS!” Very Boomer sentiment, like John Lennon saying “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans” or “Want to hear a good joke? Tell God you’re making plans.” Also sounds like a teenager whining into a Moleskine, but point is most people have whined it as insight at some point in time. It’s all connected, man!
While she hasn’t mentioned Thomas Pynchon specifically—yet—Pynchon is fixated on chaos (thermodynamic entropy) and calculation. As is the short story writer Wells Tower, in some ways, who she has mentioned.
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