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Year End: On "year"

If we boil this website down, it’s really just a long conversation between 721 humans. It weighs 94.4 MB. Right now, you might be holding 3 years’ worth of human speech in the palm of your hand.

Humans are obsessed with words. They love to use the same ones again and again. Last year, I counted the occurrences of the word “world” across the TCI-verse. This year, I parsed the word “year” from this year’s interviews. In total, “year” was mentioned 2,281 times. “Day” was mentioned 2,029 times, and “minute” only 191. Why do we use the same words over and over? Why do we tend to think of time in blocks–-years, days, minutes? Below you will find some excerpts from this year’s “year” search.

The full contents of these searches are stored on Are.na in three channels. Visit them here:

Year
Day
Minute

Elliott Cost

Eileen-Myles
Poet, Playwright, Writer, Performer, Teacher, Dog Owner, Onetime "Openly Female" Write-In Presidential Candidate, Instagram User, Artist
Philip-Glass
Composer
Matthew-Barney
Visual Artist, Filmmaker, Performance Artist, Metal Fan, ex-Football Player
-Anohni
Singer, Composer, Visual Artist
-Anohni
Singer, Composer, Visual Artist
Mira -Gonzalez
Poet, Writer, @miragonz
Shantell-Martin
Artist, Storyteller, Collaborator, Musician
Shantell-Martin
Artist, Storyteller, Collaborator, Musician
Cecilia-Dean
Curator, Tastemaker
Cecilia-Dean
Curator, Tastemaker
Matt-Berninger
Singer/Songwriter for the National and EL VY, Co-star of Mistaken for Strangers, Ex-Creative Director
Matt-Berninger
Singer/Songwriter for the National and EL VY, Co-star of Mistaken for Strangers, Ex-Creative Director
Pedro-Reyes
Visual Artist
Mychal-Denzel-Smith
Writer
Edmund-White
Writer, Provocateur
Vernon-Chatman
Comedy Writer, Author, Television Producer, Voice Actor, Comedian, Musician
Laurie-Anderson
Artist, Musician, Composer, Director, Inventor
Laurie-Anderson
Artist, Musician, Composer, Director, Inventor
Deantoni-Parks
Drummer, Composer, Actor, Teacher
Deantoni-Parks
Drummer, Composer, Actor, Teacher
Adam J. -Kurtz
Artist, Author, Graphic Designer
Samuel -Delany
Author, Literary Critic, Iconic Science Fiction Writer, Teacher
Samuel -Delany
Author, Literary Critic, Iconic Science Fiction Writer, Teacher
Samuel -Delany
Author, Literary Critic, Iconic Science Fiction Writer, Teacher
Jana-Hunter
Musician, Writer, Keen Observer
Morgan -Parker
Writer, Poet
Roxane -Gay
Author
-Hak
Musician, Visual Artist
Polly -Stenham
Playwright, Screenwriter
-Jlin
Electronic Musician, Producer, DJ
-Jlin
Electronic Musician, Producer, DJ
Sloane -Crosley
Writer, Co-Proprietor of sadstuffonthestreet.com
Nicolas-Jaar
Musician, Producer
Nicolas-Jaar
Musician, Producer
Conner -Habib
Writer, Teacher, Adult Film Performer
Conner -Habib
Writer, Teacher, Adult Film Performer
Darcie-Wilder
Writer, Filmmaker
Brian-Chippendale
Artist, Musician, Founder of Fort Thunder
Brian-Chippendale
Artist, Musician, Founder of Fort Thunder
Brian-Chippendale
Artist, Musician, Founder of Fort Thunder
Brian-Chippendale
Artist, Musician, Founder of Fort Thunder
Kenya-Robinson
Artist
Stephanie -Danler
Writer
Stephanie -Danler
Writer
Stephanie -Danler
Writer
Pacifico-Silano
Artist, Photographer
Pacifico-Silano
Artist, Photographer
Pacifico-Silano
Artist, Photographer