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Patrick Nelson

Patrick Nelson lives in Corvallis, Oregon with his wife — a professional oboist and bassoonist — and their two children. He writes essays and short stories, and designs and rides recumbent bicycles.

— From January 1993
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

How To Kiss The American Dream Goodbye

Here’s one small metaphorical leap from travel literature: the journey of life can be enjoyed even in cheap hotels. This idea is standard in any folk philosophy — better to have modest means and do what you enjoy. Even in the carpeted corridors of yuppiedom, people are considering “downsizing” their frenetic careers, although this is more a search for sanity than the pursuit of an ideal. What I advocate is more radical than winching down from six digits of income to five.

January 1993
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