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A Few Good Conversations (Well, At Least 10) by Hans Taylor

Alcohol, empathy, and other poisons. 

Most years, I think, are skippable. They suffer from this indescribable mundanity, this relentlessly oscillating day in day out. Those years you could summarise in a sentence or two. To say that 2014 was the best year of my life would be unfair to years 1997 through to 2013, and all the years that followed. But it was certainly the most memorable.

The tragedy of 2014 is that we were all so young, and youth is only enjoyed by those who are no longer. 2014 was a year that reminded me about life when I thought I needed an escape from it.

When I think of 2014, I see us in the back of a borrowed car. It’s nearing 2 in the morning. It smells like cheap wine, cigarettes, and single malt whiskey. The windows are rolled down, and they’re reluctantly letting in cool air. A Third Eye Blind song is playing. The wheels are spinning. On the other hand, we hardly seem to be moving at all. And what follows is the best conversation I’ll ever have.

Note: A Few Good Conversations (Well, At Least 10) contains some harsh language.


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Listed: Jul 8, 2016

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Jul 13, 2016: ‘A Few Good Conversations’ is an excellent read for those who wish to dip into a realm of nostalgia that is embellished with dry humour and witticism. Here you will be led through by the strong discourse of a protagonist who is remarkably self aware. The journey is incredibly insightful, despite its path transpiring in a state of seemingly perpetual inebriation, as it touches on a complex array of themes ranging from poetic existentialism to the discovery and loss of genuine friendships, and the pursuit of hopeless dreams with admirable tenacity. Amid romantic descriptions of the mundane and allusions to darker events in the author’s past lies an enduring honesty and sincerity which, to me, is what makes this memoir so captivating. I’m excited to see how the rest of the journey unfolds.

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