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Eula Biss holds a BA in nonfiction writing from Hampshire College and an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Northwestern University, where she teaches nonfiction writing, and she is a founding editor of Essay Press, a new press dedicated to innovative nonfiction.
In “The Pain Scale,” the author, Eula Biss, attempts to convey her pain to the reader. She tells the reader how she has tried to describe and measure her pain. There is a system set up for doing so, but it leaves much up to individual interpretation. The arbitrary process by which we are supposed to evaluate the level of pain we are experiencing doesn’t seem to accomplish much.
The essay is divided into a threshold number for pain, with zero being no pain at all, and 10 being an unbearable pain. You have 11 numbers for pain in Biss's essay, but only 9 levels in Dante's Inferno. So if I mix the ideas of this allusion to Biss's essay, 0 pain must be Earth in Dante's Inferno, and 10 in pain must be being the actual Devil.
The scale features six numbered faces-a smiling happy face at zero and a crying frowning face at five. Several studies have suggested that children us- ing the Wong-Baker scale tend to conflate emo- tional pain and physical pain. A child who isnot (Nostrum).
One notable exception to the typical order is Eula Biss’s essay “The Pain Scale,” which takes the form of, well, I’ll let her tell us: I wasn’t happy with (my early draft) because I felt that it was meandering and that I wasn’t getting at what I really wanted to talk about—the nature of pain.
If Eula Biss were to examine my photo journal, I think she would recognize my desire to relate to people, and my inability to fully do so. Her essay “The Pain Scale” addresses issues of subjectivity and argues that one person will never truly be able to relate to the pain of another person; I have no idea how much pain Savanna was in when she busted her lip, nor will I ever know how much.
It also brought to mind an essay called “The Pain Scale” by Eula Biss, which she structurally organizes along the “scales” of pain.