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I’m writing a diary about my year of giving up, although I may give up on this too. Who knows? You can read about why I’m giving up here, and the previous week of saying fuck it here. (The term “week” is used loosely).

I don’t love breaking the fourth…

Fragment of a Queen’s Face, ca. 1353–1336 B.C., New Kingdom, Amarna Period | Metropolitan Museum of Art, Open Access Program

I’m writing a diary about my year of giving up, although I may give up on this too. Who knows? You can read about why I’m giving up here, and my first week of saying fuck it here. Further disclosure: the term “week” is used loosely.

On December 31, 2021…

“The Trees, Early Afternoon, France” by William A. Harper; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Open Access Program

About ten days ago, I wrote that I wanted to give up, to say fuck it to striving for anything. I wrote this as if it were a revelation, but if I’m honest with myself (and therefore you) I feel this way at the end of every year. Everyone else…

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In 1996, Malcolm Gladwell wrote a diary entry for Slate about his theory of “The Disqualifying Statement.” In a nutshell, a romantic relationship can end in an instant if someone says something the other person finds immediately disqualifying, even if the statement isn’t an objectively bad thing. Whether a statement…

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A few nights ago, my friend Michael slept over because the next day we were driving to to the desert to celebrate my 51st birthday with a random group of friends. He slept in my room, I slept in the den. …

Adeline Dimond

Federal attorney, writing thought crimes on Medium. To connect: Adeline.Dimond@gmail.com

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