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It was pivotal in making you but you don't remember it. Or do you? Do we understand the events that make us who we are? Do we understand the factors that make us do the things we do?


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Canadians can easily 'pass for American' as long as we don't accidentally use metric mea...
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The time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself.
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I think way back, the '20s or the '30s, when Kodak came out with the Brownie and they put a ...
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It's very strange that most people don't care if their knowledge of their family history onl...
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If a building looks better under construction than it does when finished, then it's a failure.
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There's much to be said for feeling numb. Time passes more quickly. You eat less, and because nu...
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If human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just ...
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Six silent people in a room got me to thinking about the voice we hear in our heads when we read, th...
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In periods of rapid personal change, we pass through life as though we are spellcast. We speak in se...
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Brain research tells us that only twenty percent of human beings have a sense of irony, which means ...
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I miss the silliness of the Nineties. What would society be like if 9/11 never happened? If that sil...
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By the age of twenty, you know you're not going to be a rock star. By twenty-five, you know you're n...
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In the spirit of Ethan's neurosis, we made a drywall list of keyboard buttons we would like to see: ...
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[...] and after those big strokes, what's to tell? We run out of things that make us individual very...
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In the future, torture will once again become the recreational sport of the rich.
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Eroticize intelligence.
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...we're told by TV and Reader's Digest that a crisis will trigger massive personal change--and that...
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The ideal is that someone comes in here and they can't make a direct attribution to any one person. ...
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I like being surrounded by good ideas. Every single time you walk past something you like, you get a...
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You see, when you're middle class, you have to live with the fact that history will ignore you. You ...
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The neighborhood I grew up in had this fence that surrounds the watershed. And if you go on the othe...
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Star Trek characters never go shopping.
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Time ticks by; we grow older. Before we know it, too much time has passed and we've missed the chanc...
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And then sometimes I think the people to feel saddest for are people who once knew what profoundness...
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Our conversations are never easy, but as I-we-get older, we are finding that our conversations must ...
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She says to me, but were we ever intimate? How intimate were we really? Sure, there were the ordinar...
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Sometimes I think the people to feel the saddest for are people who are unable to connect with the p...
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For there was once a time when we expected the worst. But then the worst happened, did it not? And s...
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I don't think anyone ever gets over anything in life; they merely get used to it.
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New York is a theme park for people with IQs over 108.
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As you grow older, it becomes harder to feel 100 percent happy; you learn all the things that can go...
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I think this is an alarming trend, Bethany, this whole 'passionate' thing. I'm guessing it started a...
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Maybe memories are like karaoke - where you realize up on the stage, with all those lyrics scrawling...
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Do you remember how you felt at seventeen? I do and I don't (...) Imagine you came from outer space ...
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maybe memories are like karaoke-where you realize up on the stage, with all those lyrics scrawling a...
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Is that all time is - our perception of how quickly it does or does not pass?
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I think money is due for some sort of collapse. People are going to realize that money has a half-li...
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Most of us have only two or three genuinely interesting moments in our lives; the rest is filler.
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North America can easily fragment quickly as did the Eastern Bloc in 1989.
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I had a lot of really terrible advice early in my writing career, and I cheesed off people without e...
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I've had maybe 20 jobs, big and small, and I've never hated any of them. At the same time, t...
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You pretend to be more eccentric than you actually are because you fear you are an interchangeable c...
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Tofu hot dogs are actually scarier than real hot dogs. It's like wanting the worst possible meat...
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Her hair was totally Indian Woolworth perfume clerk. You know - sweet but dumb - she'll marry her wa...
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You pretend to be more eccentric than you actually are because you fear you are an interchangeable c...
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You fear that if you lower your guard for even one second your whole world will disintegrate into ch...
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