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April 14, 2019
(For Mei on his 30th birthday – April 13) DFW’s “This Is Water” (TIW) is my balm. I cry whenever I read it—mostly in sweet relief—realizing anew how easily navigable life can be. I go to TIW in times of hardships, and I’d like to share it with a new friend (in case he hasn’t read it yet). Choice passage: “The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day.”