Hello, old friend. This is the last time I’m gonna greet you from this angle for a while.
Some of my cohort have either already completely moved here or at least started preparations for the moving process and are posting things on Facebook about being anxious or sad about the prospect of leaving behind family, friends, and everything familiar. To an extent I understand how they are feeling, but I also wish some of them would post and seem happier about the transition. This is a time of excitement! This is the start of a grand adventure! This is an opportunity to grow and to do something that most people do not get to do at any point in the course of their lives! There is time to be a little sad and maybe a little scared, but should we not be mostly happy?
One of the upsides of being here is that I am surrounded by a very warm, generous German family who loves me dearly.
The downside to being here is that my very warm, generous German family loves me so much they make sure I’m surrounded by all sorts of treats while I’m here, loading me with so much food that all efforts to eat healthier earlier in the week become nullified by the close of the weekend.
I’m 23, and on occasions such as these I still have little self-control. I’m pretty sure they know this, but that’s okay.
Hey citizens of densely populated cities, in the hot weather a bit of deodorant and general cleanliness goes a long way
David Edelstein reviews A Most Wanted Man, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman:
Part of me wishes that Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final lead performance, in A Most Wanted Man, wasn’t very good. I know that sounds perverse. But if he’d been flailing as an actor at the end, it would make his loss easier to bear from an artistic—if not a human—perspective. The thing is, though, the actor we see in this movie is at his absolute peak. This might even be my favorite Hoffman performance of all, damn it.
"Let the mind beware, that though the flesh be bugged, the circumstances of existence are pretty glorious."
-Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be”
Lost in Translation (2003)