Blog entries from: alligator legs

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July 8 2014

From alligator legs Tue Jul 8 2014, 23:54:00

"I think the absence of thoughts about things you should have feelings about," my therapist said yesterday, "has a significant meaning."

I stared at Dr. Brown, puzzled.

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June 26 2014

From alligator legs Thu Jun 26 2014, 09:06:00

I blame Lupe Fiasco's swag for the USA's defeat of Ghana in Group G. Did you know he's the musical director of the team? I peeped this freestyle and have been listening on repeat for over a week. --AL.

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From alligator legs Thu Jun 26 2014, 08:26:00

I spent two hours screaming at the TV yesterday for the Nigeria v. Argentina match. Few sports events garner my undivided attention as the World Cup does. I used to play as a kid, so I get really involved and agitated easily.

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From alligator legs Thu Jun 26 2014, 08:10:00

I went to a great show at Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday night. Dave Chappelle + The Roots live w/special guests Chrisette Michelle and Bilal, plus the guy who did that robot dance all the time in Chappelle Show party scenes. 

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June 25 2014

From alligator legs Wed Jun 25 2014, 12:52:00

Excited about this! :)

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June 3 2014

From alligator legs Tue Jun 3 2014, 19:05:00

My sister packed her things and moved out yesterday. That left me, her former roommate, the sole occupant of a 1-bedroom co-op apartment in Brooklyn. For reasons still unbeknownst to me, she bought a big house in Charlotte, South Carolina--or is it North Carolina? well, somewhere down there--in the South, where people smile at each other, talk slow, and are not assailed by the oppressive noise of screeching subways and police sirens.

For months, since she first stated her intentions of moving, I had been acting as though she were only joking.

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April 24 2014

From alligator legs Thu Apr 24 2014, 21:08:00

I feel a deep restlessness these days. Ambivalence. I do not know where I am going or why and sometimes when I am reading something off my computer I forget mid sentence and start doing something else. This has been happening more and more lately, leading me to wonder whether I am going senile already at 32. I say the age and it seems like a great many years to be on earth, 32, with no idea if I am doing it correctly--that "it" being, namely, living. Some days I think I have lost sight of something very important. I do not know what it is, but I walk around with this emptiness that wants to be filled.

Maybe it is God.

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April 23 2014

From alligator legs Wed Apr 23 2014, 15:34:00

I started a new video blog! It's something I've been wanting to do for years, but have been a little hesitant to put myself out there. For one, I'm using my real name, which makes me feel a bit exposed. Secondly, I'm actually saying out loud what I want to bring into existence--an act that is simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. But I guess I've been working on these projects for years behind closed doors, so speaking about it isn't really that deep. Thirdly, I've somewhat outgrown blogging. I needed to reinvent myself somehow and this seemed like a great way to do that.

So here's to new beginnings, and hoping that you like it. Subscribe to get updates! It's a big deal. --AL.

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March 27 2014

From alligator legs Thu Mar 27 2014, 12:29:00

I recently read some letters by the late, great playwright Lorraine Hansberry on display at the Brooklyn Museum. She wrote lists of things she loved, hated, and regretted on her birthdays.

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March 26 2014

From alligator legs Wed Mar 26 2014, 01:11:00

I am five (or six or seven) years in to this memoir project and just today realized what I am writing. I have been talking about the book for some time now, but it takes awhile to sit with it, let it marinate in your bones, and have an epiphany. What I realized is: There were the people who stayed after the Biafran Civil War, and those who left, like my parents. I am writing about the latter. It is an interesting kind of experience contextualizing it, understanding where I fit in. It somewhat blew my mind for a minute today, but I am glad to be able to articulate it succinctly now, having spent so much of my life on this project. Writing a book is hard. There is the writing that, for me, comes before the understanding, the organizing and consolidating. Then there is the process of figuring ...

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