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Rose/Concrete

We are a miserable race of insecure, bitter, and lonely people. We all feel ourselves terrible, inadequate, we live in fear of the scrutiny that would reveal our deficiency. I am especially aware of my faults, I hold myself to impossibly high standards and condemn myself for every flaw. There are precious days when my […]

Past Year’s Accountability 2011

In December of 2009 I started a new tradition in my life, of doing a recap of my new year’s resolutions from the preceding year. I really enjoy the tradition of making new year’s resolutions; I think it’s one of the few positive traditions — if not the only positive tradition — associated with the […]

Without a Hitch

Last night, December 15th, right before I was to go to sleep, I happened to glance at my Facebook newsfeed and saw an old friend post a status update that simply said the name of Christopher Hitchens, sandwiched by several heart symbols. I knew without further elaboration that Hitchens was gone. I remembered the announcement […]

In Defense of the Tough Guy

If you spend any amount of time with hardcore kids, especially vegan or politically active ones, you’ll hear the phrase “tough guy” thrown around a lot. If you aren’t at least somewhat involved in the hardcore punk scene, this might be somewhat confusing, partly because it might not necessarily be clear who these tough guys […]