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Season’s Greetings from Amazon Fulfillment

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Is all this a matter of life and death? I’ll say no for the moment and come back to the question later. At that point I’ll say: not directly, but in a way yes. It’s a matter of how far death is allowed into our lives. Or the fatal, that which kills us. To be precise: compared to the fatal, death is nothing but a little orphan boy. Or: death, compared to the fatal, is a gentleman with good manners and a shy look in his eye.

From now on, the fatal is your constant companion; that much I can say. But first of all we’ll set out, because you have a job interview.

— Money is tight. To alleviate her ailing bank account and help support her family, author/translator Heike Geissler goes to work for an Amazon Fulfillment center in Germany. N+1 has published two excerpts from her nonfiction work, Saisonarbeit

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Doodlewash®

Swatch Doodlewash by Charlie O'Shields

This is a doodlewash of my watch, because I wasn’t sure what to sketch and while looking at the time, I was suddenly inspired. I guess someday I’ll have drawn just about anything you can imagine and will seek more interesting subjects, but today, I’m still quite easily amused.

Philippe gave me this watch as a present on our first Christmas together. When we were in Paris earlier in that year, I was eyeing a watch like this while we were passing a Swatch store. I had never really thought about owning a watch by this brand as I didn’t think they made anything that wasn’t the color of fruit.

Later that year, I was thrilled when I received one from Philippe! It had exposed clockwork, which has always fascinated me. I’m not sure why, but the idea of that many tiny gears coming together to make something function amazes me. And it had the perfect band as…

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What century is this?

It’s been a long time since I saw a big “Broadway musical.” But I was offered free tickets to the national tour of Bullets Over Broadway at the Academy of Music yesterday, and since I had a free evening, I was happy to accept. I knew nothing about the show, but I generally enjoy musicals and I figured it’d be an enjoyable night out.

What I did not expect was for it to rile me up to the point of shouting about it to my roommate over breakfast this morning. Which is how I knew I should probably explore the root of that irritation, and what we can do about it.

Bullets Over Broadway is a big glitzy musical set in the 1920s, about an emerging playwright/director bringing a play to Broadway through the assistance of a mobster financial backer. The show opened with “Tiger Rag,” which featured a group…

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18 Things All Gin Drinkers Need In Their Life

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When life give you lemons, reach for the gin.

This G&T necklace, so you can have your true love with you always.

This G&T necklace, so you can have your true love with you always.

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Or this more modern one that, like a G&T, would go with anything.

Or this more modern one that, like a G&T, would go with anything.

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This tea cup that tells the world what you’d rather be drinking.

This tea cup that tells the world what you'd rather be drinking.

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And this tea spoon that will give you some motivation to get through the day.

And this tea spoon that will give you some motivation to get through the day.

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