In Praise of Imperfection: Adolescent Whining, the Black Death, & How We Live Today

“Like many of us, as a lonely and vaguely unhappy teenager I justified a natural tendency towards silence and social awkwardness…”

word and silence

Image result for hieronymus bosch…here is a section (from a small book of essays) that one reader has asked me to post here, as I work on revising the entire thing…

Like many of us, as a lonely and vaguely unhappy teenager I justified a natural tendency towards silence and social awkwardness with the thought, Why would I want to talk to Those People anyway? Those People, of course, were comprised of nearly everybody but me, all of them slotted off into easy categories I had learned from movies and sitcoms. Having read my Salinger, I was certain that most people were phony.

The fact not that I got along with so few people, but that I couldn’t talk to them long enough to even say that, was proof of my being different than most others. Rather than deal with my own insecurities and limitations, I merely concluded that nearly any form of public…

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Communicator. I tweet @dromanber.
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