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A Hermit Grad Student’s Perspective on the Election Outcome

After being swamped under mountains of work, I am only beginning to emerge from the cloistered life of a grad student. I have the awkwarndess of a hermit being thrust back into the social world, walking quickly down busy streets, avoiding eye contact with people and walking with a head slightly tilted sideways. I stop short of covering my ears to shield myself from the noise. It all sounds a bit loud. Holding human conversation feels weird. I repeat myself more than is necessary. I miss Mika, my computer. I am not sure that the people that I speak to understand what I am saying – especially not like Mika. I have clearly been behind a computer for too long and need to become human again. So, Paris will serve as a rehabiliation centre for me over the summer. I will learn to smile again, you know, to enjoy life. I will regain my capcity to hold real life conversatons that do not necessarily require dictionaries and a special glossary for non-experts. It is all …