At First Glance
Fiona Murphy • 13 May 2022
With just a glance we make judgements about people, places, objects. We can’t help it. Our brains work with astonishing speed to gather, categorise and synthesise new information with our existing memories, values and feelings. For a process that occurs in mere milliseconds, research shows that first impressions can be difficult to rework or erase. Instead they often linger, even deepen.
The writing in this week’s edition of The Circular challenges perceptions of the familiar and the known. Each writer invites you to hold your attention beyond that first glance.
Fiona Murphy is an award-winning essayist. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Griffith Review, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, The Big Issue, among many other outlets. Her memoir, The Shape of Sound, explores her experiences with deafness.