[The Listserve] For you, a mixtape (biography)

Elliot Darvick

These five songs have shaped me as an individual, they have shaped the way I look at the world around me, and they have shaped my vision of the future I’d like to live. Sébastien Tellier // La Ritournelle – I think I was already in love when I first ...

[The Listserve] From central London to your inbox.

Amir Mohamed

Hi, I am second year medical student. This is not my first time being in second year. Yes, I failed my examinations. And I chose to redo the year rather than re-sits. Why? Maybe I was/am crazy. It was just a lot culminating at me losing my footing. I...

[The Listserve] It's never too late

Paula Sandusky

I just graduated in May with a MS in biology, focused on animal physiology and biomechanics. I learned many things about myself during my graduate education; in particular, I learned that I truly don't want to continue in biology. Suffice to say, killin...

[The Listserve] Hello! Bye!

Aquino Fulvio

Hello! Bye! Probabilmente queste sono le uniche due parole che so scrivere e leggere correttamente in Inglese :) Devo confessare di non aver letto con attenzione tutte le email scambiate con Listserve, ma mi è sembrato di scorgere un mosaico belli...

[The Listserve] I don't really like running


I don't really like running. I don' like to wake up early in the morning. I could list a couple of more things that I don't like. This is limiting. This is what I say to myself. It doesn't make my life easier or happier. Then why do I say them? I...

[The Listserve] Fugazi Boston 2002 and living in the country

Ryanne Hodson

hi everyone i'm a huge fan of the band Fugazi. in April 2002 they played two nights at my school. i had the privilege of editing the video footage from the first show this past spring, 10 years to the month. you can find it if you search "Fugazi Live...

[The Listserve] The Wonderserv

Ned Resnikoff

Alright, here's what we're going to do: I want all of you to tell me about the things that make you feel awe. By awe, I mean a sense of wonder at the mystery of existence or the size of the universe--a sort of overpowering ecstasy mingled with just a li...

[The Listserve] strong-ridged and deeply hollowed

Malcolm Drenttel

I have two requests of the Listserve— First, I have been reading the listserve every day for a few months now, and I want to express my disillusion at what I've seen. Far too many of the messages I receive from the listserve spew the same clichés tha...

[The Listserve] Music from the Doughnut Hole

Chris Hiester

One day in 1999 I stood on a subway platform in Boston as a banjo player named Bob Sundstrom played "Pennies from Heaven". I was mesmerized and I bought his cassette on the spot. The songs were old Tin Pan Alley numbers from the 1920's that were chock f...

[The Listserve] Be excellent to each other....

Michael Sean Bradley

"Only a life lived for others is a life worth living" (Albert Einstein) It is easy for each of us to get caught up in the minutiae of every day life. I have pursued posessions and sought answers in religion and in learned books but have returned t...

[The Listserve] The Morning After the Night Before


My cousin got married last night. She is the first among my generation to get married, so this is the first time in over a decade that this branch of the family has been all in one place. Right now many of the people I care most about are recovering in ...

[The Listserve] A deeper appreciation

Daniel K Lyons

Stop optimizing your life. Become excellent at something. Then, teach it to at least two kids. You can learn the whole world through becoming great at one thing. There is nowhere you are freer than in your own thoughts. Do not censor yourself in t...

[The Listserve] Gamer


I’m curious how many of you would consider yourself a gamer. Most people use that term for people who play video games but I love games in general. I find games are a great way to socialize with your friends and family. My favorite board game is R...

[The Listserve] Choosing

Marie Cooper

This month marks the seventh anniversary of finding out I had multiple sclerosis. I was stunned. Irrationally, I was certain that I had already been through enough hard stuff, so I shouldn't have to deal with any more. I lost an eye in a childhood ac...

[The Listserve] Artificial Life in Tokyo

Nathaniel Virgo

You've caught me at an interesting time. I'm about to pack my bags to start a new job in Tokyo. I've never been to Japan before. At some point in the distant past, there was no life on this planet. Now there is not just life but hugely diverse ecosys...

[The Listserve] Against Drift

Kat Lau

I was raised in a very Catholic household, but lately a bit of my once-strong Catholic identity has been peeling away. I haven't been to church since May, I'm questioning my thoughts on a lot of the Church's social doctrines, and I don't pray nearly as ...

[The Listserve] A Story of Understanding


When I was 18, my mother discovered that my stepfather had installed a small pinhole camera in my bathroom. He was given several misdemeanors but I did *not* press charges despite the overwhelming pressure from everyone to do so. Actually, seven year...

[The Listserve] Everything happens for a reason

Fanny Auger

I am a 34 years old, curly-haired, happy French woman. Being a child, my dreams have always been, in order, of writing, being independant, travelling, and leaving the remote region where i grew up. I did that first, when i moved to Paris aged 19 to stud...

[The Listserve] Say Yes to Music

Carlton Lion

Thought I would share with you the year I said Yes to every music concert I came across. Needless to say it was a very expensive year but also incredibly rewarding and the spirit of musical adventure has stayed with me. It started with a simple wish ...

[The Listserve] Skill and fear

Margaret Trauth

I used to work at Spümcø, the studio responsible for "Ren & Stimpy". There were a lot of great cartoonists there. For a while, I was assisting Jim Smith. Jim's favorite thing to draw is big muscly guys, a subject I'm normally not very interested in- ...

[The Listserve] The real problem with electric cars

Richard Mignogna, Ph.D., P.E.

Much has been written in the popular and technical press lately about the emerging electric vehicle, both pro and con. In spite of wishful thinking, don't expect significant penetration any time this decade. There is probably a role for EVs but it is ...

[The Listserve] Simple Life


- Be nice to someone today and everyday. I work in sales and deal with angry people everyday and all I ever think is, why? Why do you feel the need to belittle me when I'm trying to help you? You're made to feel like you're two inches tall, that ev...

[The Listserve] Hello, from Brooklyn


Everyday I am fascinated by the Listserve responses. Although I assume it is filtered to protect against hateful, sexual, prejudicial, racial, etc. emails, I am fascinated by what wonderful things people can squeeze into about 200 words. I am no poet o...

[The Listserve] A diddle of advice?


So as a recently turned 21 year old, I feel I don't know as much as almost everybody else here on the listserve. I have no wise words, no humbling story, but by no means do I live an unfulfilled life. I’ve found in my short, but fun filled existence tha...

[The Listserve] Stand up for science!

Brendan O'Brien

It is interesting to me how science is largely misused, misquoted, and misunderstood by the vast majority of people around the world. We haven’t even come that far in our scientific understanding of the world, yet it seems to me that we are in danger of...

[The Listserve] Nanni

Talia Klein

My grandmother is my best friend. I call her Nanni. Most people aren’t as lucky as I am to have such a special person in their life, but I am and she is kind, wise, beautiful, intelligent, perfect. I am not telling her that I’m writing this about her be...

[The Listserve] The Grand Experiment

Zach Napolitano

I’d like to use this grandest of forums to attempt this grandest of experiments: to launch the new company I’ve been incubating for the past several weeks. Presenting... The Listserve Launch: Without patronizing the Listserve user and explaining t...

[The Listserve] Changing my name

James Madera

When we were planning our wedding, Kristen and I talked about names. I started from the assumption that she would be taking mine; she started from the assumption that we would make that decision together. So I told her that I had always believed my w...

[The Listserve] Make a damn phone call


Call home; whether it’s the physical building you grew up in or where you went to school, just call home. Call your fraternity brothers or sorority sisters. Call your childhood best friend. Call your mother, father, and siblings. I am still fairly young...

[The Listserve] ¡Hola!

Jonathan Youngblood

In two weeks, I'm getting on a plane with my best friend Haley and we're going to southern Spain (Seville, specifically). We have a few places in particular we're planning to visit (Granada, Cadiz, Ronda, Lisbon), but we've got seven whole weeks to see ...