This essay illuminates Mikhail M. Bakhtin's “Author and Hero in Aesthetic Activity” by co-narrating the shared experiences of two friends and showing how Bakhtin's author/hero relationship parallels my relationship with my amiga, Brandy. In doing so, I demonstrate the philosophical similarities between writing biography and co-authoring an enduring friendship. Both are aesthetic achievements “consummated” and made “whole” only through the contributions of the other. Presenting narratives written in an idiosyncratic, subjective voice and extended by that of my friend, I hope to provide a more nuanced understanding of Bakhtin's author/hero relationship, present friendship as a dialogue of narratives and a narrative of dialogues, and ultimately show the beauties of co-narration as a departure from traditional academic research about friendship and life in general.
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