• Yidi Wu

    From Way Down Here

    smallness, shadows, and self-awareness

    November 3, 2016
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    I remember sitting in my best friend’s muggy Everett dorm room, chin on my knees, knees against my chest. It was a familiar and comfortable pose that made me feel self-contained. Safe. She and I were in the middle of a heated discussion when, in the middle of it, she stopped—“Claribel, why do you always […]


    rest in publicity

    October 20, 2016
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    On the day of my eighth-grade graduation, I learned just how popular people get after they die. As we lined up in height order to process into the gymnasium, I felt a shudder behind me, and by the time I turned around, one of my classmates was well into her second sob. “He died,” she […]

    Making enough money to eat

    And other things on my to-do list

    October 6, 2016
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    I’ve spent the past nine weeks thinking about what I’ll do when I graduate. I began thinking about it on the third of August, when I received a job offer from Unnamed Large Telecommunications Company. I asked when they wanted my response, and they said they wanted it immediately. I said no, and then they […]

    Guide to a New York Summer

    September 29, 2016
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    Everybody here wanted something more Searching for a sound they haven’t heard before Welcome to New York It’s been waiting for you. – Taylor Swift, “Welcome to New York” The man who owns the oldest record store in Greenwich Village will tell you he doesn’t want to talk to you. Believe him.   Psychics never […]


    can we still be friends?

    March 24, 2016
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    Is there someone in your life who would have rap battles with you, draw Mother Buddha in class, meditate during class break, write lots of poems in traditional Chinese, and use magazines as notebooks? Most likely not. Because she is the most unique person I’ve ever encountered in my life. Back in high school, we […]