Letters to a Dear Stranger

Hoang Samuelson
A newsletter about books, stories and ideas for the curious mind, written by Hoang Samuelson
Created 12 Aug 2020
  • Letter #12. On Reevaluating Our Time
    04 Oct 2021 • 10 min read
    Dear Stranger, The other day, I went to the pharmacy to pick up some medication for my mom, and of course, I couldn’t help but peek. It was diazepam, a type of anxiety medication also used for seizure...
  • Letter #11. On rising up to success
    18 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    Dear Stranger, This week, I’m reading (or rather, listening) to a book called The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. It’s a classic example of a Picaresque novel, where a boy from a low class standing rise...
  • Letter #10. On the idea of quitting
    11 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    Dear Stranger, Have you ever quit a job without having anything else lined up? Many of us have done this. I certainly have. And yet, there is still a social stigma associated with quitting one’s job. ...
  • Thoughts on making money
    08 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Photo by Pepi Stojanovski on Unsplash Dear Lily, If you recall, last time I wrote about creativity and careers; this time, I want to take the opposite end of that spectrum and talk about making money—...
  • Thoughts on creativity and careers
    05 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Photo by Tim Arterbury on Unsplash Dear Lily, Once in a while, your dad and I would ponder the kind of career that you and James would end up doing, based on what we currently know about you two. For ...
  • Letter #9. On the stranger danger perception
    04 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 1 2
    Dear Stranger, Recently, Claire Sestanovich wrote in the New Yorker about the joy of unplanned encounters. I read this article because I am mentally preparing myself for reentry into the office. As of...
  • Thoughts on beginnings and changes
    31 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Dear Lily, It is August 31, 2021, and tomorrow you start school—actual, physical school. Last year, around this time, your dad and I groaned about the start of online schooling. We didn’t think it was...
  • Letter #8. On the concept of being judgmental
    28 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    Dear Stranger, Have you ever read Alexander McCall Smith? He’s a British author who has published hundreds of books, many of them best selling and internationally renowned. And yet, I had never heard ...
  • A new addition (and a midweek hello)
    27 Aug 2021 • 1 min read
    Dear Stranger, I started writing to my daughter Lily ever since she was a baby. Snippets of things here and there that I want to remember. Our conversations together. The things she says. My thoughts ...
  • Thoughts on driving
    27 Aug 2021
    Photo by Luigi Manga on Unsplash Dear Lily, If you had told me when I was sixteen that I would grow up to hate driving, I probably would’ve laughed at you. That’s because when I was sixteen, your gran...
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