I took a pill in Budapest to show Avicii I was oh wait he’s dead.

  By the time the DJ played the song "Wake Me Up" by Avicii, inspiring rapturous screams from the crowded main dance floor of Club Instant in Budapest, Avicii had been dead for months. https://youtu.be/IcrbM1l_BoI   I had heard the song before — it had been the "Jam of the Summer" four years ago — but immersed …

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Midnight Sun in Stockholm

In July, it never gets fully dark in Stockholm. Geographically far enough to the north, it is still fully bright at 10pm and never surpasses dusk. In the winter the days are depressingly dark. Sweden has a bad suicide problem. Before Stockholm I had never been to a latitude extreme enough to see light on …

“Describe Yourself Like a Male Author Would”

Someone sent this to me, thinking I would like it, and they were right. ‘Describe Yourself Like a Male Author Would’ Is the Most Savage Twitter Thread in Ages   https://twitter.com/gwenckatz/status/979852671573049344 https://twitter.com/whitneyarner/status/980330317247545349   As the recent male author of a book with a young female protagonist, and also given to flights of scathing self-reflection, I don't …

I can’t function in polite society – at least not on Social Media

A friend of mine recently moved from Austin to Boston, leaving behind a vibrant social life.  She just posted this Facebook status:   "I have a hole in my heart the size of Texas."   Awwwwwww ... 120 likes, loves, and sad faces so far.  A stream of comments to the following effect:   "We …