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‘Blink and The World…’ Gets Decorated

“Matt from Alberta submitted a photo of his ‘decorated’ copy of Blink/Blank. Thanks, Matt!”

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An Interview with Mike Parish

In April, Mike Parish released a digital collection of poetry entitled, ‘People Who Don’t Me Think I’m Somebody.’ It’s available for free on the website peoplewhodontknowme.com. The collection is also available as a phy… Read the rest

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People Goodreads Giveaway

Lookout! – For your copy of People
We just mailed out 65 copies to the giveaway winners on goodreads. Thanks to all 444 people who entered!
Feel free to review it, people:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13076893-people-who-don-t-kno… Read the rest

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Win a Copy of Mike’s Chapbook

We have a giveaway for Mike’s chapbook ‘People Who Don’t Know Me Think I’m Somebody’ on Goodreads!
4 days are left to enter, so if you want one, be sure to visit the Goodreads page and click “Enter to win” (y… Read the rest

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Project Updates – End of the Year Wrap-Up

The view through my window
Here’s some updates regarding On Lives related projects:
The People Who Don’t Know Me Think I’m Somebody giveaway has begun on goodreads.
Dan completed a chapbook and then moved to Missouri where he is tr… Read the rest

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Coming Soon…

People Who Don’t Know Me Think I’m Somebody chapbooks + the chance to win a free copy on Goodreads!!! 

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‘Blink and the World Goes Blank’ Goes Digital

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Win a Free Copy of ‘You Can’ on Goodreads

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Announcing…

The poet (right) pictured with his friend, Drew.

Poems by Mike Parish

I thought I’d write some poems
So maybe you’d actually read something I wrote
I just need to get started
Make something new
I’m starting to think that I’m th… Read the rest

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Great Gatsby NES Game

What I like best about this (as in every NES game adaptation): non-sensical bad guys, non-sensical weapon, strange boss battles, 8-bit music and of course 2-D side scrolling action. My only regret is that it isn’t a little longer.
Check it out fo… Read the rest

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Person

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Person is the best young-author-penned-book I’ve read.
I was somewhat relieved to read this book.
I was glad there is a person out there more fucked up than myself.
Pink = Person.
Probably.
I can’t imagine someone writing a book like this unless this is… Read the rest

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In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood is one of the best books I’ve read. This may or may not tell anything about my reading habits, I can’t really decide one way or the other. I’d say reading books is largely a subjective experience but I’d also say that any person reading this boo… Read the rest

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On Cancer

I hate how everything causes cancer these days. It’s making everyone into paranoid freaks, especially me. I can’t go anywhere or do anything without having the eerie feeling that cancer is waiting, watching. Whenever I walk down the str… Read the rest

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Explosion-Proof Premier Issue

Explosion-Proof is a quarterly literary journal published by Fairweather Press. Their premier issue is out now and they’re also accepting submissions for Issue #2. Issue #1’s cover features a black and white photograph of the Empire State Bu… Read the rest

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The Iced Cream Man Cometh

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The Coming Insurrection

Anarchy is obviously not a good thing.
I find it strange that people like Glenn Beck are so in fear of this book; it seems pretty clear that it was written by a bunch of dreamers, the sort of people who are more waiting for an insurrection to happen than to be t… Read the rest

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Cricketal Acclaim

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Assuming Size

I received a copy of ‘Assuming Size’ in the mail, which is exciting, because it’s a cool little book. This chapbook features four poets from Ohio, two of which, Jordan Castro and Richard Wehrenberg Jr., are the authors of ‘thinktank for human bei… Read the rest

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Beelong

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A Book of Reasons

A Book of Reasons is a memoir about a recluse. It is a narrative attempting to make sense of a distant brother’s nature, who upon dying, leaves the author his house.
John Vernon breaks his book up into sections which are each titled with one word, “Heat”, “… Read the rest

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Everything is Quiet

The first thing I did when I received ‘Everything is Quiet’ by Kendra Grant Malone was read the blurbs on the back. Here’s one from Blake Butler:

“Kendra Grant Malone contains several hundred people. Likewise, her words seem to protect several hundred… Read the rest

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The Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lot 49 is a novel by Thomas Pynchon. It is relatively short as compared to his other works, many of which I have tried reading, but found myself largely unable to.
The Crying of Lot 49 took me some time, and it is unique to me in that this is my seco… Read the rest

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long love poem with descriptive title

I heard about Matthew Savoca on Bearcreekfeed, really liking the poems he had up there. I later noticed that Scrambler Books had released his book. I liked the cover and title and thought “I want that.”
As I waited for the book to come in the m… Read the rest

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On Moral Fiction

John Gardner is a legend. He is touted as perhaps the best writer who has ever written about fiction, and the three main books in which he does this are The Art of Fiction, On Becoming a Novelist and On Moral Fiction.
On the back cover of On Moral Fiction, in t… Read the rest

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Post-Modern Halloween Costumes

 
Traditional Halloween costumes like cutting two eye holes out of a sheet to be a ghost have gone the way of the Tamagotchi. In 2010, Halloween costumes are about overly specific concepts designed to annoy your friends. The more esoteric your cos… Read the rest

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Halloween Stores

Everyday on my way to work, I pass a Halloween store on 1st Ave. Everything about the place screams temporary. Instead of a neon sign, there’s an orange banner hung above the door which half the time is blown inside out by the wind and rendered unreadable.… Read the rest

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On Coworkers

In examining the many complex relationships that the human being can build, few are as peculiar as the relationship one has with their coworkers. Unlike most relationships, some of which we may categorize as highly rewarding or indispensable, proxi… Read the rest

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“We’re From Brooklyn”

“We’re from Brooklyn,” is something I’ve been hearing a lot of bands spouting. The phrase deserves consideration; traditionally, when a person or entity declares they are from somewhere, they mean it (just like in the movie Cool Runnings when the lov… Read the rest

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USERLANDS

I bought Userlands (New Fiction Writers from the Blogging Underground) off a used rack to see what the literary blogging scene was like in 2007. I wanted to see how writing that was blogged would fare in a published collection, and how writing from the in… Read the rest

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I’ve Got a Fever and the Only Cure is More Wood Block

A wood block is a percussion instrument identified by its rectangular box shape and open sides. It can be struck with a drumstick or mallet to achieve a resonant ‘klonk’ or ‘donk’ sound, similar to the sound of knocking on a ta… Read the rest

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Aspects of the Novel

On the sly, I’ve been reading E. M. Forster’s, Aspects of the Novel (1927). I’m not quite sure what I think about this book.
E. M. Forster takes the title of his book very seriously. He goes as far as to say each “section” s… Read the rest

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5 More Fall Films

Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm takes place in suburban Connecticut around Thanksgiving time. As every member of this 1970’s family spirals out of control, pursuing drink, sex, or the unknown, there is some great footage of Elijah Wood, Christi… Read the rest

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White Noise

White Noise is a novel by Don Delillo. I am currently reading it and the book is giving me some impressions.
First off, Greg Farrell recently informed me that Don Delillo personally discredits any of his own work prior to White Noise (1985). Farrell stat… Read the rest

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5 Fall Films

We like fall. Was our fall fascination birthed from watching great fall films? It’s possible. Here are 5 visually stunning films that you may not have considered renting this season.

Igby Goes Down, a Catcher in the Rye-esque tale of a young man d… Read the rest

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Umbrellas

Umbrellas must be one of the most left behind semi-personal objects a person can carry. Especially when it doesn’t rain often. A place like Binghamton, NY, where it is constantly raining, now this is a different story; an umbrella there becomes… Read the rest

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Quarters

Are quarters becoming the new pennies? I’ve been finding a lot of them on the ground lately. Pennies are still around, I see them all the time, but never do I pick them up.
On at least two occasions occurring some time in the past week, I have seen kids… Read the rest

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YCFTL Contest Update

Congratulations to Mark Friedman of New York, NY, who correctly answered one of three You Can Finish This Later contest giveaway questions. He correctly guessed the name a man screamed in the rain for 20 minutes as I ate dinner. The answer of course was m… Read the rest

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New Format, On Lives 2.1

We’ve been receiving a lot of flak from our Comics department, re: the lack of updates to onlives.net. After a few emergency nine hour meetings, our staff and webmaster have devised a workable solution to the problem. Without further ado, onliv… Read the rest

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Win a Copy of ‘You Can Finish This Later’

We’ve had more pep in our step than usual today at On Lives HQ, and it’s not just because autumn has begun to suffuse our city with freshness and possibility.
9.22.10 was the official release of our new chapbook,
‘You Can Finish This L… Read the rest

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On Individually Wrapped Toothbrushes (IWTs)

I love individually wrapped toothbrushes. I’m not talking about the toothbrushes that line the aisles of your neighborhood drug store, the ones found between a hard plastic shell and a thin piece of cardboard, I’m talking about another breed of tooth… Read the rest

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The Squirrel and The Dead Man

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On Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs

The Arcade Fire provides the most poignant, timely middle-class soundtrack since I-don’t-know-when. They’re so very important for a certain demographic, a generation that knows no struggle beyond the confines of expected success, a generation t… Read the rest

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think tank for human beings in general

Perhaps it was the quiet of the Ohio suburbs that stirred Jordan Castro and Richard Wehrenberg Jr. to write ‘think tank for human beings in general.’ The poems in this self-published chapbook take aim at boredom and complacency, combati… Read the rest

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On Mustaches

Thousands of years after Roman emperors popularized shaving, the habit has begun to lose cultural relevance. Today’s American men go to work unshaven without embarrassment for their scruffy faces, and fashion magazine covers suggest that women lo… Read the rest

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On Subways

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Sacred Commodities: Adventures in Spiritual Dishonesty

…in which our (sort of) dashing hero reveals his trade (and is introduced to the reader…say hello)
Sitting in his convertible, the vinyl purring beneath his bottom, Joel Colson leans back into the headrest, pressing his skull into the cushy mat… Read the rest

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On Lives 2.0 Site Map

You’ve stuck with us for one year, and now it’s paid off. Welcome to the new On Lives! Our website is now fully-expandable, fully-automated, and fully-loaded with new content! Plus, it looks cooler.
We’ve add several new sections… Read the rest

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On Junk Drawers

For the One Year Anniversary of On Lives, (OYAoOL), (strangely, saying that acronym captures the exact way I feel about said acronym), we’ve decided to do a double post on junk drawers.
Mike Parish on Junk Drawers
I once had a friend whose house wa… Read the rest

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On Growing Up

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Easy Jaws

Easy Jaws is a new zine of “slow cookin” and “slow eatin” edited and published by Sam Bett of Lava Roll Press. Inside, one finds an array of anecdotes, recipes, stories and essays about topics such as raising your own egg laying hens, slow roasting loin of… Read the rest

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On Malls

I’ve been finding myself in a lot of malls lately and I’ve been enjoying myself. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been much of a mall goer, and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve steered myself far away from the places. Having been away from them for some time, I’ve co… Read the rest

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On Spoon

Spoon is a weird band. Despite being around for so many years and also the fact that Spoon happens to be a good indie rock band, (perhaps the epitome), asking anyone what they think about Spoon yields one of two responses: Spoon is uneven or Spoon sucks. Fo… Read the rest

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On Guitar Center

I hate Guitar Center. There are many reasons as to why I hate such a place, which range from the people who work there to the people who shop there to the whole we’re-corporate-but-down-to-earth agenda oozing from the spaces between the teeth of e… Read the rest

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On How to Get Offline

Here’s an article and illustration from the archives that never made it to press. It was created a few months ago when I thought it might be possible to make money writing for websites online until I read up about it and discovered the reality, (you… Read the rest

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On Laziness

One of the easiest things in life to be is lazy. You’d think it’d be one of the hardest; it requires more thought to not do something than to simply do said something without thinking about doing it, not to mention all of the wasted time and men… Read the rest

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On Social Repercussion

When I sit down in a public bathroom stall, one of the first things I notice are the anonymous vulgarities scribbled within arms length of the toilet. Racial slurs, phone numbers, ruminations, and even the occasional glory hole adorn the divider betwe… Read the rest

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On Filbert Conroy

From one of our lower-upstate New York outposts, a copy of On Lives disappeared. While doing our bi-monthly check-up of bookstores currently distributing On Lives, we found that someone had walked into Inquiring Minds Bookstore in New Paltz, NY and w… Read the rest

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On Acne

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On Playing

As a kid, playing was my world. My imagination was the only thing holding me back; the possibilities were limitless. It did not matter if I played alone or with others; I always traveled somewhere, away from reality and into the unknown.
Today, I can’t im… Read the rest

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On Technology

As a recent Facebook convert, I have come to see the beauty (and insidiousness) of the most powerful social networking tool mankind has ever known. I was a hold out until my scramble to cling to my senior year memories and connections led me to take drasti… Read the rest

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On Old People

Believe it or not, I’ve actually been accused of being an agist before. I never knew such an -ist existed, that someone could be anti-old people, could look down on a segment of the population because they are old and can’t do something as well as the young… Read the rest

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On Mushrooms

Mushrooms are mysterious creatures. Some believe they house fairies, while others reduce them to side dishes of steak and potatoes. Mushrooms are neither plants nor animals. So what are these fascinating little bulbs of mystery that spring up from t… Read the rest

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On Complaints

We’ve received a lot of complaints from people we know and people we don’t know about the lackluster representation of On Lives in the online world. Since our book dropped, things have slowed down considerably. Are we working on new projects? Are we wor… Read the rest

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On Safes

If someone asked me what my favorite invention was, I would probably say a lawnmower. Lawnmowers are loud and get a job done and don’t know the difference between right and wrong. All they want is a little gas and some grass to mow, they never talk back to yo… Read the rest

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On Perfection

What is perfection? Is it achievable? Is anything perfect?
She has the perfect face. I bowled a three-hundred; I bowled a perfect game. Man, the grocery store was all out of sweet potatoes. Really? That’s just perfect.
Perfection seems to haunt our dai… Read the rest

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On Pen Pals

I’ve had maybe 6 or 7 pen pals. Pen pals were big back in fourth grade; it seemed mandatory that every child have another child that they wrote to. My pen pal was from Ireland and I always looked forward to his letters. Ours was a one way sort of correspondenc… Read the rest

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On Goodbyes

I’ve never been one for goodbyes. Saying goodbye can be a sad thing to do but I don’t think it always needs to carry the air of permanence that it does. Even when a person dies, we say goodbye to their body but not necessarily to them. True, they are no longer p… Read the rest

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On Excitement

If you’ve arrived at this page, you are probably feeling excited. On Lives has not been updated in a few weeks. You had been taking a regular dosage almost everyday for two months, then suddenly, the pill bottle ran out. So what is that fluttering in the ch… Read the rest

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On History

The more one uses their imagination, the more compelling history becomes. Use no imagination and you are just looking at the physical pages of a textbook. Use a little imagination and you may be able to see beneath the yellow tint of photographs at the tu… Read the rest

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On Indecisiveness

Indecision
Indecisiveness is a killer. Before one begins they are done. A state of indecisiveness is a lose/lose situation.
When I cannot make a decision I am stuck in limbo. While some decisions can affect me negatively, unless the negativity is fore… Read the rest

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On Reading

What is to be done with free time around the house? This is actually a big decision; so let’s discuss the heavy weight contenders.
Sometimes, when I’m feeling frustrated, I tend to create dichotomies that may not really exist and make statements like th… Read the rest

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On Driving

Dangers Of Driving
Every year in the U.S., over 40,000 people die in driving related accidents. That’s about 120 people per day. If somebody told you that over a lifetime of driving your chances of being one of these people was 1 in 100, would you be… Read the rest

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On Cars

Here In My Car
If there is one thing that America revolves around it is cars. Look at the infrastructure of any major city or suburb or country town. Roads lead up to everything because most people use a car as their main means of getting places. It is as if th… Read the rest

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On Camping Redux

On Redux
After re-reading On Camping, I get the feeling that much of it feels rushed and I glossed over important aspects of camping that I would have rather not. My roommate confirmed these assumptions, and since today is his birthday, this special red… Read the rest

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On Camping

Real Campers
To camp is to escape. There’s no real reason that anyone needs to camp anymore, unless of course one enjoys camping. Wilderness adventurers and thrill seekers camp quite often but who I’m talking about is the everyday person.
Explorers us… Read the rest

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On Hiking

You’ve reached one of our 10 favorite articles! This article can be found in our printed anthology, the “On Lives Subway Supplement.” Pick one up in our bookstore or at one of these fine New York City and Brooklyn area bookstores:
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On Fall

You’ve reached one of our 10 favorite articles! This article can be found in our printed anthology, the “On Lives Subway Supplement.” Pick one up in our bookstore or at one of these fine New York City and Brooklyn area bookstores:
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On Comics

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On Summer

Summer is closing down shop like your mom’s beach house on Cape Cod. I have not been to the beach this summer therefore I have not been to Cape Cod. I usually like to go and hang out in the dunes but if there is one time I like going to the beach and hanging out in t… Read the rest

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On Memory

Memory Machine
Do we choose what to remember and what to forget? Are our minds like endless VHS tapes, recording everything? Are some memories more meaningful than others or do we make the meanings ourselves?
Memories are hard to pin down. If I really sa… Read the rest

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On Pets

Strange, Strange, Strange
Two days ago I happened upon an odd sight: a twenty-something was walking his dog on a New York City sidewalk in Alphabet City. Given the sporadic dispersal of dog runs and open parks and spaces in New York, when a dog’s got to go,… Read the rest

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On Storage

Needs
For as long as humans have been able to accumulate stuff, that stuff has needed a place to be stored. Food has obvious benefits from being stored; one no longer has to worry about finding it every day. With a sedentary lifestyle, aside from growing y… Read the rest

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On Roofs

A Roof With A View
For today’s installment I’m actually on a roof. I thought it’d be nice for the title’s meaning to be twofold: a post “On Roofs” and On Lives coming to you literally from a roof. So here I am.
Though the sky is a bit cloudy, the view is excellen… Read the rest

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On Waiting

Waiting in the Rain
I’m really glad it is raining today. It gives me a chance to sit inside and not feel bad for wasting another sunny day. Not that I waste sunny days, I definitely take advantage, but much of what I enjoy doing these days are activities that… Read the rest

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On Shaving

Shaving is both creative and destructive. Shaving can go as far as to create a new identity for a person, just like a good or bad haircut can. It is fascinating that such a short process can change the way a person looks, often with dramatic results. Aside f… Read the rest

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On Aging

You’ve reached one of our 10 favorite articles! This article can be found in our printed anthology, the “On Lives Subway Supplement.” Pick one up in our bookstore or at one of these fine New York City and Brooklyn area bookstores:
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On Morning

Though all parts of the day excite me, morning excites me the most. Whenever I can, I wake up early, as early as physically possible to still be able to function. It is a challenge to go to sleep earlier the night before, because so many aspects of social lif… Read the rest

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On Hotels

Hotels are a great place to crash if you have the cash. They are designed so that when you arrive, it’s almost as if you have a brand new room, or at least an exceptionally clean one. It’s amazing how many other people could have passed through… Read the rest

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On Nature

ENVI 101
On an exam in college, there was a bonus question that was a map of campus. Above the map it said, “Label where “Nature” begins.” SUNY Binghamton is home to a wonderful Nature Preserve; it is many, many acres of woods an… Read the rest

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On Bands

The modern “band” is a collection of musicians who get together to play music. The music may be original or “covered” material, material of “bands” that has come before. Usually, any solid original band plays… Read the rest

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On Figs

The Ancient Fruit of Eurasia Spreads Its Seeds and Roots in America
Imagine yourself nude in the midst of a suburban jungle. There is a beautiful fig tree begging you to pluck just one leaf to conceal the robust body that society deems shameful. This is my… Read the rest

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On Laundry

As Rocko from Rocko’s Modern Life so famously proclaimed, “Laundry day is a very dangerous day.” While RML is a great reminder as to why all children’s television show creators should drop acid before writing each episode, this quote really hammers th… Read the rest

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On Lawns

You’ve reached one of our 10 favorite articles! This article can be found in our printed anthology, the “On Lives Subway Supplement.” Pick one up in our bookstore or at one of these fine New York City and Brooklyn area bookstores:
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On Alcohol

Like some people and White Russians, alcohol and I don’t mix. I wish I could be one of those guys that work in a microbrewery and is incredibly psyched about beer and tie-dye t-shirts but drinking alcohol is like playing Russian roulette with a fully load… Read the rest

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On Night

Since I’ve moved to the city, I’ve noticed that there’s no real night here. Sure they say New York is the city that never sleeps, but that’s not what I mean.
There’s so much light pollution here it’s incredible. A… Read the rest

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On Exploration

You’ve reached one of our 10 favorite articles! This article can be found in our printed anthology, the “On Lives Subway Supplement.” Pick one up in our bookstore or at one of these fine New York City and Brooklyn area bookstores:
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On Guests

Feudal Manners
In the Middle Ages, back when humans lived in castles and fought dragons, being a guest was the best. A sworn enemy, if approaching a neighboring castle with an earnest need of a place to stay, would be put up. Seeking asylum, guests were tr… Read the rest

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On Homeless

Homeless. Penniless. Doomed.
Not many consider living on the street a viable option in today’s society. It’s never, “Go to school, grow up and go homeless.” We’re taught that to be homeless is to be the lowest of the low, to be a failure. It means sm… Read the rest

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On Seeds

One day, I dropped a sunflower seed on the table and looked at it as closely as I could manage without losing focus. I could not overcome a feeling of cognitive dissonance. Seeds are miraculous, but I don’t believe in miracles.
There is something that tot… Read the rest

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On Words

Evolution is intriguing. The process is sure to ‘think outside the box’ while solving problems. Solutions that are unimaginably bizarre are always considered. The phenomenon is not limited to biology but also manhandles human ideas as well, includ… Read the rest

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