things of little relevance


telling
January 31, 2009, 1:24 pm
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via Dan‘s gmail

(Click for haha’s)



pop quiz
January 29, 2009, 3:32 pm
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Jennie: that’s simply untrue.
there comes a point where you just have to say “no more.”
“someone will accept me.”

Is Jennie counseling me on

a) Boys

b) Internships

c) Academics

d) All of the above



rabbit at rest
January 28, 2009, 1:09 am
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The Rabbit series essentially saw me through puberty.



china china china
January 26, 2009, 3:29 pm
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The NYTimes Sunday Magazine had an intriguing profile on Chinese author Yu Hua; his acute commentary on Chinese youth can easily be broadened to include American youth as well:

“Younger writers don’t like to see books that reveal the dark side of China; they live very comfortable lives; they don’t believe in the dark side of China; they are not even aware of the hundreds of millions of people still living in extreme poverty.”

“The problem is that the younger generation hasn’t lived through poverty, collectivism; it is lacking in restraint, its references are very few, the experience is so limited.”

“Earlier that day at his home he spoke of how his son, who has known only post-Mao China, would nevertheless witness extraordinary transformations in his own lifetime since the capitalist economy was bound to collapse. Yu barely looked out of his window as he said: “These young nationalists have no sense of ambivalence, no idea of life’s ambiguities. But when times are hard, their attitude will change, become more mature, and because capitalism in this form cannot go on in China, it has to end, those hard times will come soon.”



gchats that make me a caricature of myself
January 22, 2009, 10:57 am
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Hae-Joon:  do you think you could date someone who doesn’t share your values?
actually, i can’t ask you that – you won’t date someone who doesn’t watch rohmer

Daniel: shockingly this ingenious plan to take latin didnt work out



gchats that make me believe again
January 21, 2009, 12:18 am
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Pierce: lucy today was a truly remarkable day
me:  for the world or pierce stanley?
Pierce:  for the world
who cares about pierce stanley
the world comes first

me: quick
latin or chines
e
8:44 PM quick!!
Paul: latin
you know you want to take latin, but you feel ethnic guilt
me: yeah.
Paul: listen, I took french in high school, not spanish
I barely knew any spanish at that point
me: what about in college
Paul: spanish
but what Imm saying is, follow your intellectual gut?



for the new semester:
January 20, 2009, 12:58 am
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“I am going to try harder to make things matter.”
-Joan Didon, The White Album