Irrelevant Marginalia

Written on the side of Susan Orlean’s “The American Man, Age Ten”: I debated between silly faces and scary faces, but decided on staring blankly. Those are my three modes of child interaction. If I’m feeling brave however, I may wave. It’s rare, but it happens. 

Written on the side of page 188 of Jeffrey Eugenides The Marriage PlotHe listened to Eliot Smith the way his peers read David Foster Wallace. Hoping to channel the genius without having to commit suicide, they quoted their idols liberally and added them as inspirational epigraphs on the first lines of their notebooks. During the first week of college, Paul had bought a white poster board and a set of paints with the intention of decorating the dorm room with the same lyrics that had got him through high school. 

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