Ben Rector And Performance Art

This weekend, one of my sister’s favorite musicians is putting on a concert at my old college, and she and I have tickets. Over the last three months, she has repeatedly announced, “Just wait, you have to hear this,” and then played the same song — “Making Money” by Ben Rector. She’s thrilled to introduce me…
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Timing

Lately I’ve been collecting the small good things that happen over the course of my day. A joke with a stranger; an email from a friend; a happy caterpillar on the cover of my notebook. I’m not superstitious (though I am a little stitious…) but there’s something about a well-timed talk or gift or moment…
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The Letter-writing Guilt Cycle

I suppose it was inevitable. Befriending writers, literature lovers, historians, theologians, people who assign value to written words — and then choosing to live apart from those friends when we scattered across the country after college. The choices I’ve made have led me directly to this: the envelope staring me down from my kitchen table,…
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Giggle, Snicker, Snort

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about laughter — what makes people laugh, how laughs differ, how sometimes laughter triggers more laughter in a self-perpetuating cycle — the whole idea that some kinds of mental dissonance cause us to explode into undignified sniggers, or guffaws, or snorts. The irony of attempting to seriously analyze laughter…
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Local Holiday

When I lived in Bemidji it was the Dragon Boat Festival. Every year the whole city turns out to watch — or join — the races. The Chinese celebration only took off in Bemidji a few years ago, but it has turned into quite the event. Community teams of up to twenty members print matching…
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