On darkness


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A student housing vignette

When one of your circuit breakers blows, you need to go ask your landlords for the key to the cupboard where the switches are. When the light bulb in one room burns out, you use candles until the college replaces it.

The first, you can really do very little about. The second reflects the transitivity of the whole experience.

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B February 25, 2007 at 11:39 pm

You should take pride in your home: even if it is only temporary. Judging by your plans, you will be living in temporary homes for many years, yet.

Mike Kushnir February 26, 2007 at 2:28 am

you’re lucky that you’re not in france. you pretty much need to sign a waiver before you cross the street.

example: as it stands today, i’m not going to be able to open a bank account until mid-june.

Milan February 26, 2007 at 11:44 am


It did take me six weeks to open a bank account in England. It can also take the same length of time to transfer money from Canada, because they think we’re all wicked money launderers.

Nevermind that Britain is the preferred place to pay mercenaries, due to the structure of banking regulations.

Anon February 26, 2007 at 12:11 pm

Better than on Darkness:

“And men forgot their passions in the dread
Of this their desolation; and all hearts
Were chill’d into a selfish prayer for light:
And they did live by watchfires–and the thrones,
The palaces of crowned kings–the huts,
The habitations of all things which dwell,
Were burnt for beacons; cities were consumed,
And men were gathered round their blazing homes
To look once more into each other’s face”

Milan February 26, 2007 at 4:34 pm

Learning about that poem of Byron’s is one of many reasons for which Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia is such an excellent play.

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