Friendship or Control?

Elsewhere on this blog, I have told the story of bullying a classmate who had the last laugh in the end. But like many people, I’ve been on both ends of bullying. In early grade school, I had a “best friend” at school who I’ll call Andy. Lest I ever forgot that fact, Andy instructed me to repeat my allegiance to him every day on the playground. Out-loud and for his sake, I would say “We’re best friends forever.” And we were best friends (so long as I did everything he told me to do).

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A Conversation About Online Publishing with Luke Kintigh

Back in the fall of 2006, I got assigned to room with Luke Kintigh while we were both one-semester students at The American Studies Program in Washington, D.C. We became fast friends, probably first and foremost because we had the same hobby on Saturday afternoons.

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