april 4th

Reading people. Like gleaning thin-slices. Like data points, which intuition pieces together to form a coherent, if oddly specific, understanding. A few looks, then a silent bombardment of insight.

The feisty girl in engineering with the short brown hair? She’s done hard drugs. Comes up to me, strikes up a conversation, throws in her experience with shrooms. Didn’t like them. The brunette Barbie-looking girl in class who’s only ever sounded politically neutral? Jewish, wealthy, aspires to be a Fox anchor. Canvassed for the Trump campaign, wrote about it. Interned at Fox last summer. The Caucasian man in the baggy jeans and blue hat? Patient and kind and real enough to straddle the racial line, but not without having to face shit for it.

It’s like that one quote by Roald Dahl:

“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.

It’s the same idea. That people’s thoughts, and experiences, are woven into the way they are, the way they present themselves, the way they act. That it’s all, quite literally, etched on their faces. You can sense it, from the way people talk, the way they walk, the way they wear their hair.

It sounds an awful lot like just judging people, but it goes beyond that. The thing is, peopleus, me, you–aren’t as opaque as we imagine. People are complex, which is to say that plots–good ones, at least–are oft filled with loopholes and conflicts and unexpected twists. But there’s always an overarching plot, a “what’s-this-about?” book summary in the Goodreads section.

When it comes to certain details about ourselves, or even lived experiences–we often broadcast much more than we’d like to admit.

4.4.18 | Daily Art


8 thoughts on “Split

  1. emily April 13, 2018 / 2:18 am

    This is so true. Whenever I see people I “read” them and always feel like I have at least skimmed their “what’s this about?” book summary, even without talking to them. And when I do talk to them, the information they reveal about themselves is interesting, but not much of a surprise at all. You put into words exactly what I have so often experienced and observed. I really liked this post. 🙂

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  2. Bubbalooblue April 13, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    You are such a great writer. I am sure you hear this all the time. However, I thought I would throw out some fan mail. I am totally fangirling on your writing. Since I signed up and paid for a WordPress account a year ago, I have been reading your blogs. You have inspired this middle-aged lady to write better and more. I was once an Army journalist. For 6 years I was writing bullshit stories for the military machine and after I left in 2013, I vowed to never write again. Nevertheless, that has changed and due to you and a couple other great writers I actually know, I have been given that bit of joy I needed to get to put my words out there again. And once again, I am getting paid for it. SO, I thank you Lu. Keep it up. You’re helping and inspiring people you don’t even know every day! Cheers G.

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    • Lu April 18, 2018 / 5:12 pm

      😭😭😭💖💖💖 thank you so so so much for this comment ! this honestly means so much to me :,) it makes me so happy to hear that you’ve gotten back into writing, despite the brief lull, that you find joy & work in writing !! c: thank you, again, for your kind words

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