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Improbable Landscape

Improbable Landscape

So I’m sitting here in a coffee shop on the Disneyland-polished end of Pittsburgh’s hippest street, trying to think of clever uses for the phrase “mimetic desire,” powering through a laundry list of super grown-up things such as 1) Get my car inspected and 2) Draw up a lease agreement in which I am on […]

The Power of Place

The Power of Place

I traveled to Smith last weekend, ostensibly for Commencement, but in truth to see some friends who would be there, also using Commencement as an excuse. Despite my tightening budget, it was the best decision I’ve made in a long time. Smith has always held a certain power for me; it was the place I […]

At Home in the Abyss

At Home in the Abyss

I’m home again, in Greensburg, PA, after an eventful final month in Russia and one week in Poland. Endings like this, more or less arbitrary cut-off dates for a certain chapter of your life, are something I’ve become used to with the academic calendar running my life for the last 17 years. But this is […]

Timeline

Timeline

Ahh! Oh no! I was so busy writing about culturally enriching experiences I forgot to commemorate the arbitrary timeline marker of one year since I received my Fulbright acceptance letter! Yes, dear readers, it was one year and one day ago today that my life was changed forever, that I learned I would be moving […]

Positive Vibes

Positive Vibes

Lots of happy things to share with you today! [1] I have a confession to make. I’d been halfway considering buying a new pair of black boots for some time, something to wear to more formal occasions. I love my brown boots, but they are quite practical. Yesterday, an occasion that called for something fancier […]