To write is to become [...] 
A sentence-thinker, yes, but one who so very often does not know how a sentence will end, I say. And as there is no need to rush, just leave it open, so that it may later on find, or not find, its closure. Words, fragments and lines that I love for no sound reason; blanks, lapses and silences that settle in like gaps of fresh air as soon as the inked space smells stuffy. 

Trinh T. Minh-ha. 1989. 'Commitment from the Mirror-Writing Box,' in: Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism. Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press. pp.18-19


Beginning as a discourse on writing, Trinh T. Minh-ha's text quickly develops along a network of divergencies running from the opening assertion - 'to write is to become' - to the unpredictable ending, which espouses writing and though that is left 'open,' so that 'it may later on find, or not find, its closure'. Trinh's 'words, fragments and lines' evidence a process of becoming, a process that opens itself to alterity. Alterity turns out to be not only the theme of the text, but also the key to its complex textual performance. 'Becoming' is a movement that writes itself towards alterity - and, reading with an open regard, we move with it, as separate but proximate companions on an unpredictable journey.