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January 8, 2013

TT: Lookback

From 2004:

Life is unfair, and I know I have gifts that others envy. I had a friend in high school who was completely tone-deaf--he couldn't carry a tune in a bucket, as the saying goes--and who was desperately jealous of my musical talent. I wouldn't trade my musicality for anything (though I'd hate to have to choose between going deaf and going blind). But what would I give to be able to speak and read French fluently? A year off my life? The little finger of my right hand? Probably neither, but certainly something of value, were the Devil to drop by one evening and suggest a little deal. I might, for instance, agree never to read The Great Gatsby again in return for the ability to read Proust in the original. Maybe.

One thing's sure, though: I wouldn't give up anything at all in order to be able to play competition-level Scrabble....

Read the whole thing here.

Posted January 8, 2013 12:00 AM

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