What You Brag About Not Doing, Translated


Nothing is more interesting and authentically representative of self, than the things you simply don’t do.

“I don’t have a Facebook account”

I am an invisible Facebook creeper who spends 11 minutes of each hour refreshing Twitter. Yesterday I pretended I’d never heard of the show How I Met Your Mother even though I watched half a season on a plane—even though there were two Kubrick films available for viewing. And a Fellini. And Game of Thrones. And I laughed. ‘Til. I. cried, man.

“I don’t eat meat”

I eat a lot of pizza. Like, tons of pizza. And chicken here or there when no one is looking—but only chicken breast—and maybe a burger because of my, you know, anemia. I love, love, love baby carrots in ranch dressing. And bacon doesn’t really count when it’s that finely chopped.

“I don’t have a television”

I have a $1,700 notebook computer and I once lost a week of my life in a Hulu-exclusive-series spiral and Bangs-videos vortex.

“I don’t drive”

I make $57,000 as a graphic designer. But I mostly spend money on 90-pound DJ equipment and rare German singles. And taxi rides to my DJ gigs when I can’t get a ride from my roommate’s girlfriend.

“I don’t define myself by labels like feminist”

I went to college with a feminist and she wasn’t very attractive. She also dressed poorly. Blech. But I definitely believe in equal rights for men and women and, like, any other gender and it definitely wouldn’t be fair if a man and woman did the same job equally well and the woman was paid less just because she was a woman.

“I don’t really read a lot of contemporary literature”

Hmmm, I was thinking I had this one but you are definitely going to win this conversation. I did, however, page through a New Yorker three weeks ago and I do, however, have at least three vintage-y copies of each Salinger novel. Or am I thinking Fitzgerald? Crap.

“I don’t know who Kim Kardashian is”

I am a liar. I tell lies. I am lying.

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image –Knar Bedian

This post originally appeared on The Tangential.