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Lily Hoang

http://www.nmsu.edu/~english/mfa/faculty_lily.php

Lily Hoang has published some books and won some awards. She edits for presses and journals. She teaches in the MFA program at New Mexico State University.

On Being Weird and Fashion

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I remember it very clearly. It was Chinese New Year, this year: to celebrate, I wore red pants and a black and white polka dotted shirt and a red and brown cardigan. I looked down at myself and thought: Who let me out of the house like this? Luckily, I had not left my house. I was pacing in my backyard, smoking a cigarette, making circles and circles. I looked down at myself and had an epiphany: I’m fucking weird.

This is funny because for most of my life, I’ve tried to be weird, and then one day, I just became weird.

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July 11th, 2014 / 12:54 pm

Do you know how to drive stick?

I’m panhandling bad advice on other social media sites today. Do you want my bad advice? It will be free of charge, but only for today.

Fred Moten’s The Feel Trilogy

Buy this book:

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It is a good book:

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February 19th, 2014 / 11:24 am

On the Limits of Empathy, or, the Universality of Grief

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My sister died a year ago today. I would like to believe my grief is original, but it isn’t.

In “Plants and the Limits of Empathy,” Michael Marder argues that it is impossible for people to genuinely empathize with plants because we are too different. Any semblance of empathy is pure anthropomorphization.

To those who have not lost, they cannot empathize.

Make me human, darling, anthropomorphize me.

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January 8th, 2014 / 2:36 pm

a very short parable

photoI just got a puppy. It thinks it’s a grown dog but it isn’t. It thinks it is much bigger than it is. Such is the lesson I have learned.

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December 16th, 2013 / 4:39 pm

When procrastinating, what do you do? I need pointers.