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#99: ‘Plastic’ (Summer 2014)

I started getting paranoid about my waning neuroplasticity around the time when Mish got back from Phuket with a new nose and fake tits. ‘Feel this!’ she grabbed my hand and ran my index finger along the length of her nose. She insisted I retrace this gravel path set with playdough for the long minutes it took for her to complete the demonstration. They’d peeled off her face, ground down her nasal bone with a metal file, and then stitched it back on. As we get older, do we reach a point when our ability to change things replaces the need for our brains to adapt in response to experience? I’m worried I’ll be left with a flat silicon bag inside my head, after all the saline dries up. Perhaps I’ll tag along with Mish next time, have my arms sawn off and replaced with those of a tiny toy T-Rex. No need to rely on cryptic crosswords anymore. My cortex will be forced to remap itself every time my phantom limbs reach for the Tic Tocs on the top shelf.

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