Author Archives: Hollacopter

How do you commemorate a life in a space?

City: Guangzhou (广州) Duration: 2.5 years Jobs Held: >4 Houses Lived In: 3 Friends Made: [SYS ERROR: unquantifiable] Fell in Love: Once (didn’t realize it until later) Defining Moment: Smoking a cigar in that window of my Jiangnanxi apartment Greatest … Continue reading

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From the other side

I found myself in a bookstore last week and decided to do the only honorable thing: buy a book. I chose something in Chinese that I guessed would be [somewhat] easy to read: a translation of Bobbie Ann Mason’s In Country. Wikipedia says … Continue reading

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Priorities

Wanted to Facebook this, but didn’t want my name attached to it. Doing so would compromise the protagonist of today’s vignette. I’m co-writing a book about communication. A big part of it is about how to strike up a conversation with strangers. … Continue reading

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Being the guy in the back of the room compulsively saying, “But none of this makes sense!”

I mentioned a while ago that I’ve sunk some money into a thing I want to do. I haven’t done it, but I’ve done another thing, sort of a prototype. Hold on, let me go check the previous entry to … Continue reading

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An excerpt of… something. Not what it appears to be.

“Where are you from?” It’s an easy question, but I never know how to answer. “America,” I could say. But then they would think of New York. California. They would think of Taylor Swift, and Big Bang Theory, and guns. … Continue reading

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The forward march of

Lately I’ve been alternating between this blog and an honest-to-gob physical paper journal for my daily diaries. Between the two, I manage to make an entry about once every three years or so. You do the math. Had a weird idea … Continue reading

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Somewhat less existential than the last post I remember writing about trains, years ago. Do you remember that one? I seem to remember that it devolved into incoherence. Sounds familiar.

The train ride from Beijing to Tianjin is a microcosm of something, I’m sure of it. You start off gliding through the edge of Beijing, seeing the backs of buildings you never thought of as as having backs. Then the buildings … Continue reading

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