Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week

It’s back to normal work today after the Christmas holiday, and this week is going to be busy. Here are ten songs that are keeping me sane today. Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week

Nightmares

Most nights, I am visited by nightmares. They range from “being chased by a crazed murderer” to “being swallowed by a tsunami” to “I’m late for a test in a class I didn’t know I have” to “It’s been a mistake, my mom/dad/cat didn’t actually die.” I wake up feeling sad, depressed, scared, and unrested. And so I wondered: What causes nightmares?

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Rejected McSweeney’s Lists

Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency is a literary website founded by Dave Eggers; the pieces are usually humorous or absurd. Since 2006, I’ve tried, in vain, to have my lists accepted by the site. In grad school, we competed against each other to have pieces accepted. (If memory serves, the “winner” was someone who’d had a list published the year before he matriculated.) But I guess it’s not to be. So here are my rejected lists. [Trigger warning: one list is about suicide.]

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Reading the Man Booker Prize 2013 – A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

This was the one book on the Man Booker Prize shortlist that I wasn’t particularly excited about. But then it was right there in front of me in the library, so it moved up on my reading list. Afterwards, I still wasn’t particularly excited about it. So here I am, trying to put my feelings of meh-ness into coherent sentences.

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It’s Never Too Late To Follow Your Dreams (Unless You Want To Be An Olympic Gymnast)

I aspire to have a book on the New York Times bestseller list. If this is your dream when you’re nine years old, you’re adorable. Go girl! If it’s your dream when you’re twenty-five, well, OK, good for you. If you’re 44 and still dreaming about it, some people are going to think you’re pathetic.

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(Celebrities) In Your Dreams

I try not to watch anything too disturbing or scary before going to bed, because often, I dream about things that were on television just before I fall asleep. That means I avoid the 11 o’clock news, and anything involving murders or ghosts or unsolved disappearances. Those are the things that freak me out, and I have no desire to have nightmares, thank you very much.  Read More (Celebrities) In Your Dreams