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“It’s better to feel pain/than nothing at all/the opposite of love is indifference.”

While at the coffee shop waiting for my dark roast, I noticed a guy juggling a billion notebooks ordering a drink. The barista asked him about the notebooks and he told her he was writing a book about China’s nuclear ambitions. After he finished speaking to the barista, I introduced myself. (I’ve met a couple of my best writer friends in coffee shops.) I’m a writer, too, I said. Oh. He looked shifty, like I’d caught him stealing. I’m not a ...