I wrote “Taking Pills to Fill the Chasm” in 2012. It won first place in the 2013 Danner Lee Mahood Nonfiction Contest, at Denison University.
It’s about me and my best friend from high school, suddenly thousands of miles apart, keeping in touch and keeping each other sane (or insane) during the first half of our freshman year of college. One day, we discovered a labyrinthine network of obscenely obscure music blogs; when we came to, we had downloaded probably 5,000 songs between the two of us.
This essay sets these tumultuous salad days in stone.