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Negativity Is A Boring Cycle

No other person can carry you through unhappiness. Most people will nod and say the right things but, ultimately, get tired of your negativity. Even when they are the people closest to you. Even when you have every reason to feel down.   I have, recently, been dealing with an onslaught of issues — professional,… Read more »

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The Welsh Word for Homesickness

Do you ever feel homesick for something that does not exist? The Welsh even have a word for it: hiraeth, which loosely translates into a sense of nostalgia for something that you cannot go back to or that never existed. In my case, this means the life I had before coming to New York. It’s not that… Read more »

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Thoughts on Time.

I am not the first person to observe that time seems to speed up when you reach your twenties. That said, I am feeling this quite acutely at the moment — years seem to take on a much less monumental meaning than they did at different points in my life. I think you know what I’m… Read more »

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Clowning Around (Except Not Really)

Today, I encountered rudeness at every single step of my day. Strangers who were sarcastic towards me for no reason. Others who took out their own impatience on me. Even people I know who, through not showing up, made it abundantly clear that they consider their time much more important than mine. And while days like today are enough… Read more »

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Proustian Madeleines

Ah, madeleines. Made famous by Marcel Proust in his seven-volume novel In Search of Lost Time, they are commonly associated with involuntary memory — in one of literature’s most famous moments, Proust dips the small cake into hot tea and feels transported back into a happy moment of his childhood, thinking about how his aunt used… Read more »

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Crepes and Times of Crisis

  When it feels as though bad news is taking over the world, is it okay to post about food and clothes and music? Over the last few days, I’ve seen several instances of people I know playing “social media police officer” — monitoring what other people post to point out that it’s inappropriate to… Read more »

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The Big Two-Four.

I used to think that the quarter-life crisis was something only aspiring hipsters and other assholish types went through. And then I turned twenty-four (the typical age for it is twenty-five, but I’ve always been a precocious child), received my master’s degree and was hit with a wave of sadness and disaffection so strong that… Read more »