“For a long time I lived in the 19th century, then briefly in the 20th century, then the 19th century, then perhaps I receded steadily backwards in time, until the point of becoming a trogolodyte, a literal trogolodyte—then, I don’t know, a timeless place, where I learned about the 21st century, with velociraptors and Vladimir Nabokov—now I feel like I live in the 21st century, where I should have been in the first place, but better late than never, I guess.”


  1. I’m vaguely aware of how you found yourself in the 19th Cent., but how exactly did you come to modern times? I can’t follow. Bonus points if it comes by way of 1960s Sci-Fi

  2. Oh man, I didn’t even consider the connotations of this being published on September 11th. I can see that, though.

    This is actually just a small piece of a much larger (but, I thought, ultimately embarrassing) post that I took down. I know it’s divorced from context, and therefore almost meaningless, but I really like that way the sentence progresses and where it goes.

    Basically I felt like an entitled chump who wasn’t living “correctly” or “properly”, and now I am making more of an effort to do that.

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