By Tao Lin
Students, fresh graduates, and their mom and dad paintings at Denny’s, volunteer at a public library in suburban Florida, attend satanic ska/punk concert events, consume chinese language nutrients with the homeless of recent York urban, and visit an identical eastern eating place in new york thrice in sleepless days, all whereas craving consistently for romance, a greater form of love, or anything larger than love, issues which—much just like the Loch Ness Monster—they recognize most likely don't exist, yet are rumored to exist and for this reason “good enough.”
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