Volume 26: An Elegy for AIM

Welcome to the twenty-sixth installment of Open Book. If it’s your first time, click here for a little background.

My parents will be happy to know that AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM — the messaging service that nearly tore our relationship apart back in my teenage years — is scheduled to die today. AOL announced back in October that it was shutting down the service for good on December 15, 2017. That day also happens to be my 27th birthday.

The timing feels poetic: I move another year closer to fully-formed adulthood, while a relic of my adolescence withers in my wake.

Volume 4: Great Expectations

Welcome to the fourth installment of Open Book. If it’s your first visit, click here for a little background.

This post is all about expectations, and it starts with one of my favorite diary entries, from October 6, 2003, when I was in seventh grade. People like to deal in extremes and superlatives these days (“This the best summer ever!” or “It was literally the slowest Dunkin Donuts on the planet“) but I really mean it when I say  this is one of the funniest things I’ve ever written.