A Footnote That Stung

A Footnote That Stung

Never would I have guessed that something as small as a footnote could punch me in the face. And yet it did. Two quick jabs followed by a right hook. Here, this comes from Martin Amis’s Inside Story: “An illiterate, underbred book… the book of a...
The Two-Day Summer of 2021

The Two-Day Summer of 2021

Ceciliengärten. Easy to miss if you don’t know how to get in. A garden walled-off by a fortress of old townhouses; tiled roofs glowing gold in the late afternoon sun; a stretch of lawn between two rows of chestnut trees; and a sizeable water fountain at the...
To Get It Out of the Way

To Get It Out of the Way

I’ve been trying to post something here for the last two weeks. But whenever I sat down to write, I got sidetracked by the sudden urge to give you an Update—not a mere lowercase update, oh no, but a proper one with a capital U—offering some sort of explanation...
The Reconfiguration of Reality

The Reconfiguration of Reality

One of the major challenges of dealing with cancer is facing the unceasing reconfiguration of reality it causes. The best example is the initial, “It’s probably nothing,” which becomes, “we need to run more tests,” turns into, “this may be cancer,” and then “It’s...
The Bad Day Guilt

The Bad Day Guilt

Long-term wellbeing isn’t that hard to figure out. Exercise to stay in shape. Eat healthy food to feel better. Meditate to calm your thoughts, and journal to bring order to your mind. Avoid alcohol and tobacco to live longer. Stay hydrated. Save money by learning how...
The Pin and The Rubber Band of Happiness

The Pin and The Rubber Band of Happiness

What if I told you that the human pursuit of happiness is absolutely futile? That how happy or unhappy you are right now is dictated not by some objective measure, but rather the result of brain chemistry dictated by your genes? That evolution saw it fit to make us...
Fishing for a Glimpse of Meaning

Fishing for a Glimpse of Meaning

In real life, the grand chain of events goes more or less like this: And then, and then, and then. Though our experience of time is linear, the story of our life tends to be anything but. It is, instead, made up of lots of unrelated points. In storytelling, on the...
Mailman Running

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