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Political Advice and Story Telling – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg

December 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on Political Advice and Story Telling – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg · Campaigning, Data, Narrative, Politics

“A lot of what gets done on campaigns gets done on the basis of anecdotal evidence, which often comes down to who is a better storyteller. Who tells a better story about what works and what doesn’t work?” says Christopher Mann, a former executive director of the New Mexico Democratic Party. .. The people who […]

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That Old Saying – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on That Old Saying – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Love, Quotes, Writing

You nod and watch her. She is an exceptionally beautiful girl. You think of that old saying Show me a beautiful girl and I’ll show you someone who is tired of fucking her. You doubt you would have ever tired of her, though.

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Falling In Love Over an Expression – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Falling In Love Over an Expression – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Love, Writing

You were at the age where you could fall in love with a girl over an expression, over a gesture.

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Like Being Inside a Sock – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on Like Being Inside a Sock – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Reading Related, Writing

My room is hot and small, overrun by books. You never wanted to be in here (it’s like being inside a sock, you said) and anytime the boys were away we slept in the living room, out on the rug.

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A Mouth LIke Unswept Glass – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Mouth LIke Unswept Glass – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Writing

The newest girl’s called Samantha and she’s a problem. She’s dark and heavy-browed and has a mouth like unswept glass—when you least expect it she cuts you.

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Heart Plunging – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Heart Plunging – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Love, Writing

Yes—it’s an opposites-attract sort of thing, it’s a great-sex sort of thing, it’s a no-thinking sort of thing. It’s wonderful! Wonderful! Until one June day Alma discovers that you are also fucking this beautiful freshman girl named Laxmi, discovers the fucking of Laxmi because she, Alma, the girlfriend, opens your journal and reads. (Oh, she […]

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A Fourth Dimension Beyond Jeans – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Fourth Dimension Beyond Jeans – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Writing

YOU, YUNIOR, HAVE A GIRLFRIEND named Alma, who has a long tender horse neck and a big Dominican ass that seems to exist in a fourth dimension beyond jeans. An ass that could drag the moon out of orbit. An ass she never liked until she met you. Ain’t a day that passes that you […]

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She’s Sensitive – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on She’s Sensitive – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Writing

She’s sensitive, too. Takes to hurt the way water takes to paper.

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Translations – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner

November 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on Translations – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner · Description, Dialogue, Prose, Writing

she might have described swimming in the lake as a child, or said that lakes reminded her of being a child, or asked me if I’d enjoyed swimming as a child, or said that what she’d said about the moon was childish.

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I ‘felt’ in love – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner

November 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on I ‘felt’ in love – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner · Prose, Writing

She kissed me on the lips and I felt in love with her.

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