Flawed characters makes for good writing

Flawed characters makes for good writing

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The Hairy Ball Theorem: why you can’t comb a coconut and the wind has to blow upwards

The proof is in: flawed characters makes for good writing.

There’s a theorem in physics that states–in mathematical terminology–if you try to comb down all the hairs of a three-dimensional round object like a coconut or tennis ball you can’t. What you end up with are tufts of hair that stick up at the poles. You can cut open a tennis ball and splay it out then comb your hand over it. All the hairs will fall over, but that’s cheating, you’ve made it two-dimensional.

Two dimensions are boring, but worse, you’ve cheated the reader out of an entire dimension.

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