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The fridge is always stocked.
In some ways our parents see “success” and “independence” as synonyms, though no such conflation exists for many immigrants.
[…] I suspect that many young American adults who have to move in with their parents feel crummy about it. Most Russian immigrants I know do not. They don’t see it as a sign of failure but as a means to achieve their financial goals more quickly.
The Fox Theater, dead-smack in the middle of Oakland, ten blocks from West Oakland, brings no artists to that theater that anyone black gives a fuck about: Girl Talk, Modest Mouse. How do you do that? Can I go out to Napa and open a fuckin’ hyphy joint? So how do you come to Oakland… it’s ridiculous. It’s so crazy.
Finally, a fundamental question: as a creative writer what do you think is the function of your art? Why a representation of fact, rather than fact itself?
Why be puzzled by that? From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality. That is why you write and for no other reason that you know of. But what about all the reasons that no one knows?
Badass UCLA math student Chris Jeon bought a one way ticket to fight along the Libyan rebels. I get the feeling he has no idea what he’s gotten himself into.
“I just go and see what happens,” he said. “At spring break I told my friends a ‘sick’ vacation would be to come here and fight with the rebels.” […]
"His plan is to head back to California the day before school starts at the end of September.”
Meet the members of what might be called Generation Limbo: highly educated 20-somethings, whose careers are stuck in neutral, coping with dead-end jobs and listless prospects.
This could have been, might be, maybe, me.
I like that in research that shows positive effects of wine or chocolate, a scientist can be found saying “this is not a license to indulge.”
"Poker teaches you humility, emotional control and, most of all, patience. You realize that life in general is one big game of chance that you can kind of sort of control, but often is subject to just plain dumb luck, and that life is about how you react to that luck."