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Have you read the sequel?

I believe that not all items in a to-do list are created equal. They LOOK the same, standing (or lying?) in a row (stack?) with no color coding to indicate qualitative differences (unless, like me, you picked up one of … Continue reading

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In an incremental effort to undermine the Perfect’s almost one-year tyranny over the Anything, I bring you tidings that today will be a day in four parts, starting with: Part the First, wherein I lock myself in a tiny room … Continue reading

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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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