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Thomas Beller is the author of two books of fiction, Seduction Theory, and The Sleep-Over Artist, and a collection of personal essays, How To Be a Man. The Sleep-Over Artist was a NY Times Notable Book, and a LA Times Best Book 2000. A former staff writer at the New Yorker Magazine and the Cambodia Daily, he is currently a contributing editor at Travel and Leisure Magazine. He founded and for twenty years co-edited Open City Magazine, and created the literary website about New York, Mrbellersneighborhood.com. He divides his time between New York and New Orleans, where he teaches writing at Tulane University. Thomas Beller is author of the books two works of fiction, Seduction Theory, The Sleep-Over Artist, and an essay collection called How to Be A Man. He was a founder and editor of Open City Magazine, and of the literary web site devoted to New York City nonfiction, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood. He contributes regularly to Travel and Leisure Magazine, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He is currently working on a biography of J.D. Salinger, a novel, and essays. He teaches at Tulane University in New Orleans.

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Top 10 Reasons To Be Glad the Election Is Over

By Thomas Beller |

Every bad mood.  Every moment of short temper. Every low moment. In these past months, I would blame it on the election. Part of it was the natural response to suspense: I just wanted to know how it would turn out. But it went beyond that. The whole thing was unpleasant. I just wanted it to be done with, though I knew that the process was necessary for our democracy. In the last week or so, it felt like I would be slammed by a giant wave.

Then it got quiet in the last couple of days — I mean my mood quieted. That spooky before the storm quiet. I tuned everything out. And now it’s over. And the sound of life is back on. And life expands outwards. It’s almost as though I had bad cold which is now gone. And I am so happy it is over.

Here is why:

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Thomas Beller is the author of two books of fiction, Seduction Theory, and The Sleep-Over Artist, and a collection of personal essays, How To Be a Man. The Sleep-Over Artist was a NY Times Notable Book, and a LA Times Best Book 2000. A former staff writer at the New Yorker Magazine and the Cambodia Daily, he is currently a contributing editor at Travel and Leisure Magazine. He founded and for twenty years co-edited Open City Magazine, and created the literary website about New York, Mrbellersneighborhood.com. He divides his time between New York and New Orleans, where he teaches writing at Tulane University. Read bio and latest posts → Read Thomas's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “Top 10 Reasons To Be Glad the Election Is Over

  1. The Anthropologist says:

    Um, yes, Crystal. Said obviously without hate or anger. Hmm. And, I saw plenty of very defaced Obama signs as well as Romney signs. People who deface other people’s property were rampant on both sides of the arena, so get off your high horse. Anyway honey, enjoy your public schools, the confidence that if your house caught fire a big red truck would come asap to help put it out, that the police are a free phone call away and that you can go to a building where there are *gasp FREE books that you can borrow and share with others in your community. Let’s not forget that when you retire you’ll receive something called “social security” that we’ve all been paying into. Don’t forget the GOP’s love affair with Medicare! If you enjoy all these things, then you too, my dear, are a “socialist”.

  2. jwalt says:

    Those sarcastic remarks to Crystal is forever on the internet living proof you have no idea how life really works! honestly, this is your blog, and you can crawl in your ignorant hole and live out the consequences of your life, but don’t go blaming everyone else when it doesn’t turn out as easy as you try to portray it. First of all none of those things were ever “FREE”, they were bought, and paid for by people who work their butts off and donated to help their fellow man, or were taxed to the hilt for them, For you to assume government just reached up and grabbed them out of the ‘pie in the sky’ attitude is just down right stupid! So grow up before you tell us what is ‘free’ cause I have been paying all my life for that Social Security you so gallantly allow me to have back a small portion of! and I say small portion, because your loving government spent the rest of it on favoritism policies of your so cute socialist lie of freebies for those who don’t want to work! let me know in 4 more years of record spending, runaway taxes, and ridiculous prices for every item you buy even at Walmarts and Costco, which you probably also hate, how really proud you are, silly young uninformed voter!

  3. The Anthropologist says:

    Yes, ah, for one, I am not young. And I’m not going to engage with the whole name calling thing as it only serves to make one look ridiculous and defensive. You must have missed the part where I wrote “we pay into”, etc. etc. etc. Do you understand how taxes work? I guess not. We pay into a big “pot” and then we elect people who we hope know how to utilize these monies towards various aspects of our infrastructure to help keep social order (the police), education (schools, library). These are called “social programs”. Sadly, quite frequently the “leaders” we elect are so badly swayed by lobbyists, special interest groups and their own greed and lust for power that they don’t make decisions that help the whole. Or even the will of their constituents. Do you see where I’m going with this? Now, I realize this is a sarcastic reply to your poorly written and angry reply to my response to the rude comments made by Crystal, but the rampant misinformation and tossing around big words like “socialism” like it’s the same as “guerrilla dictator” is mind blowing. Telling someone to “crawl into a hole” is so beyond juvenile and rude it’s unbelievable. I get it, you’re upset Romney lost. Move past it. He wasn’t going to suddenly save the country. No one person can do that but the people working together. If you truly love this country, work towards making it a better place instead of blaming people with whom you don’t agree. You think I’m ignorant? Well, that’s the pot calling the kettle black. Instead of calling you names though, I’ll just call you “passionate”. P.S. This is not my blog. I am just a commenter.

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